Anthony Bridgerton is the eldest boy in the Bridgerton clan and he's the man of the house. He's been the man of the house since his father died of a bAnthony Bridgerton is the eldest boy in the Bridgerton clan and he's the man of the house. He's been the man of the house since his father died of a bee sting and he took their father's death the hardest out of all of the kids because he was the closest to his father. Edmund Bridgerton, father to the Bridgerton tribe was fairly young when he died, just 39 years old and from a bee sting of all things. Anthony has this strange thought that he's going to die young just like his father so he's decided that he wants to get married before his untimely demise and of course, he doesn't want to marry someone that he'll love because it'd be unfair for his young wife to lose the man she loves when he dies.
Yeah, I know but as silly as the set up for this book is, I did enjoy it. It's not one of my favorites of the Bridgerton series but it is still a good story and that has a big part to do with the way that Julia Quinn tells her stories. With lots of delightful dialogue and just a whole lot of funny scenes to make stories pop right off the pages.
My favorite part of these stories is seeing the family all together. For a bunch of historical characters, they sure are delightful and not in the least stuffy like I imagine lots of historical families to be.
The scenes with Anthony and Kate made for some good reading as well though there were plenty of times that I wanted to choke Kate the hell out. Yes, I got it, she wasn't the beauty in the family and the more she harped on this, the more I wanted to scream at her but what made her human to me was her fear of thunderstorms. I thought the scene when Anthony finds her alone and frightened and then stays with her through the thunderstorms was one of my favorite scenes in the entire book.
Overall, this book was a whole lot of fun. The characters are all three dimensional and I fell in love with each of them and it set up some great stuff for the future books in this series and I'm thinking that maybe I'll have to write up some more reviews for this series because this series is one of those series that we don't want to forget about with all of the new stuff coming out these days. The Bridgertons are a wonderful family and I fell in love with each of them in their books and Anthony was no different.
Anthony was a stand up hero, one that was easy to fall in love with and while I did love him, it's his brothers that I absolutely adored. I love the relationship that they have with each other, it's so much fun and so..real. If you haven't read this series then you should seriously start because this series is the bomb!
This is one of my top 5 favorite Julie Garwood books. I absolutely adore everything about it from the setting to the characters. I'd say it's my favorThis is one of my top 5 favorite Julie Garwood books. I absolutely adore everything about it from the setting to the characters. I'd say it's my favorite of all her novels, but I think that changes depending on which one I'm currently reading.
This book is just as much Johanna's personal journey as it is a love story. The overall message - that women are just as important as men - could have become preachy, but it didn't. Johanna dealt with a lot during her first marriage and I like that Garwood addressed her issues. She was a strong character who really came into her own throughout this book. My heart ached for her and all she endured.
Gabriel I loved right from the beginning. His honor and strength were immediately evident, but it was his caring and compassion with Joanna that won me over. Though he's a hard man, he shows much insight and tenderness throughout the story. I expected him to be overbearing and he was. But he tempered that with real caring. When my teenager read this book she kept saying "Ugh, I hate Gabriel!! He's so pushy!" and then five minutes later, "I love Gabriel!! He's so wonderful!". I think that sums it up pretty well.
The story of Gabriel and Johanna is told along while immersing the reader in their lives. The strife the joining of two clans creates, Johanna's determination to save her husband's soul by keeping him from stealing, the intrigues of the King of England, etc, really pulls the reader in. I was fully wrapped up in the story from page one.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a balanced mix of personal growth, humor and tenderness. I really wish there was a sequel.
The world building was imaginative, sensual and amazing. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Brook drew me into her fierce battle for souls and theThe world building was imaginative, sensual and amazing. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Brook drew me into her fierce battle for souls and the fight between good and evil. I was also drawn in by the two lead characters, Lilith and Hugh. Though they came from two different worlds (literally) and were on opposite sides of an eternal battle, their connection to one another came across as not just sexual, but very emotional as well, which made their constant conflict all the more believable.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters and the relationships they had with Lilith and Hugh. Colin, the vampire they both befriended despite themselves; Sir Pup, Lilith’s hellhound; Savi, Hugh’s roommate and even Auntie, the woman who once took Hugh in, were fabulous characters, and while they played a large part in the overall story, they in no way intruded on the focus of the main story.
There were too many questions left unanswered, I think. Part of the appeal of this book is it really makes you think. Nothing is tied up in a nice, neat little bow, there are questions left unanswered and things you have to figure out on your own. Which was good and bad. I felt there were a few too many things left unexplained. However, because this is the first book of a series, I’m willing to wait for the next book before passing judgment.
I really struggled with the pacing. As much as I enjoyed this book, it was very slow moving. At times, the pace would pick up and I’d be sucked in, unable to set it down, and then it would get bogged down again and I’d have a hard time giving it my full attention. I understand that a lot of the information imparted was important for the story and the basis of the world Brook created, but at times there was Too Much Information. I think, in all honesty, the story could have been 100 pages shorter and been better for it.
Overall, I adored the storyline, the world building and the characters. I can’t wait for Demon Moon. I do hope, however, that the pacing will work better than it did in this one.
Regina is on her way via train, with her chaperone, to Paso Robles Resort to take the baths there. She’s in America from England to attend a family weRegina is on her way via train, with her chaperone, to Paso Robles Resort to take the baths there. She’s in America from England to attend a family wedding and her parents have returned to England. During the ride the train is boarded by thieves and they’re not nice, gentle ones either. When one of the bandits gets a good look at Regina she decides that not only will she save her pearls, she’s going to save her virginity as well. She manages to leave the train car and jumps off the slow moving train (can I just say that even a slow moving train travels quite quickly).
When Regina is found beside the tracks she has no memory of who she is. The man who finds her, Slade Delanza, calls her Elizabeth and Slade believes that she is his brother James’ fiancé who was heading toward their rancho to get married to James. But James is dead. The rancho, Miramar, still needs Elizabeth’s funds (she’s an heiress) to get the ranch back on track. The only way to do that now is to bring Elizabeth back to Miramar and have Slade marry her. Slade’s not really fond of the idea – even though he really likes Elizabeth and is hot for her – but he loved James and feels dishonorable about taking a woman to wife that his brother loved. Slade finally agrees and marries Elizabeth but plans on making it a marriage in name only (he didn't bother to share the information with Elizabeth, btw). He can’t resist Elizabeth’s charms on their wedding night however and is disgusted with himself in the morning. He takes off for San Francisco where he’s been living and working for the past 10 years and doesn’t bother to let Elizabeth know that he’s gone.
Elizabeth, a couple of days before the wedding, remembers that she’s Regina. But she finds herself in love with the brooding Slade and decides to go through with the wedding. When she finds out that Slade has left her she is pissed off (yeah, I would be too) and heads to SF to get a divorce from the man.
But when she gets to SF things change. Slade turns out to be a completely different man than she thought she married - both good and bad. Her parents return to America to see her and her father is not happy at his daughter being married for her money, and Slade doesn’t know what the hell he wants. If he does, he’s not admitting it to anyone, including himself.
Where do I begin to tell you my thoughts this tale? The story takes place in late 1899 in California which was a change for me and it was a nice one. Usually when I read historicals they’re set in England. While I’d like to say that I got a taste of England from Regina because she was supposed to be all that was good and proper – she never, in my opinion, acted like she was a proper lady (she was an Earl’s daughter!). She really acted like an American - and a contemporary one at that!
The story, for me, had too much going on in it. Regina and Slade had so much going on in their lives that it was a bit overwhelming for me as the reader. The entire story takes place in the span of only about 6 weeks, I think – no more than 2 months – and the crap that this couple went through was crazy. I’d like to say that I liked Slade and Regina so much that the reading went smoothly for me but truly it was just overwhelming. Just when I thought we could work on some issues with the marriage something else would come up. It was just too much.
Slade and Regina - I'm just not sure I liked them together...or apart for that matter. Slade was a quiet, brooding man who wanted things done his way or no way. Regina while she simpered a lot in this book, and "cried out" a lot (with an abundance of exclamation points thrown in) turned out to be one tough cookie. I'd like to say that I admired her for sticking through the tough times but really, at a couple of different points I wanted her to just cut and run. She reminded me of a Timex slogan - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
I’ve liked most of what I’ve read from Joyce. I really like Joyce’s DeWarren series and some of her paranormals, but this one was just ok. It felt to me like it was supposed to be this epic love story and it fell short in a lot of ways.
This is the final book in Lucy Monroe’s Mercenary Trilogy.
Brett “Hotwire” Adams is a former merc turned security expert who’s not too keen on the commThis is the final book in Lucy Monroe’s Mercenary Trilogy.
Brett “Hotwire” Adams is a former merc turned security expert who’s not too keen on the commitment thing, but is very keen on getting into Claire Sharp’s bed. He’s been avoiding her, but when she’s attacked in her home, he’s forced into her company. Which isn’t very good for his self control. Aside from his attraction to her, the protective alpha-male needs her to be safe. Trying to discover who’s after her isn’t easy when he’s always got sex on the brain.
As for Claire, she can’t figure out what an ex-merc with the body of a Greek god wants with her. She understands that they have a love of all things computer in common, but as far as she can tell, that’s the only thing they have in common. She certainly doesn’t understand why he’d be attracted to her. She does know, however, that she trusts him to keep her safe. So when he informs her that he’ll be staying with her until things are resolved, she reluctantly agrees. She’s not sure she can handle being in close proximity to him all the time, but she doesn’t doubt he’ll keep her alive. As the story unfolds, and certain truths come to light, Claire leans on Hotwire more and more, both emotionally and physically.
I think this was a great end to Monroe’s trilogy. Hotwire was everything I expected him to be: Charming, amazing to look at, an excellent lover and lethal when protecting Claire. I thought he was a bit of a moron for taking so long to realize his true feelings for Claire, but I didn’t begrudge him his thick-headedness. How could I, when he was putting another thick head to use so well? (har har) Claire was a great heroine, too. One of the things I love best about Monroe’s heroines are how grounded they are. Claire knew she wasn’t qualified to handle the threats to her life alone, so she trusted Hotwire to do it for her. That isn’t to say she just turned a blind eye and didn’t help where she could, but she didn’t rush head first into danger to prove she was tough, either. She kept a level head and did what she could to help, but stood back and let Hotwire handle the things he knew how to handle best.
Their arguments over her being a Pacifist had me snickering. The suspense plot took a backseat to the romance, which worked here. I found myself irritated with Hotwire several times, like when he refused to see what he really felt for Claire and hid behind a promise he made to a dead woman, but he was redeemed in the end. I just love how once he made a commitment, that was end of it. There was no going back and forth, wondering if things were right or not. He realized his feelings and that was that.
I was very disappointed that we didn’t hear anything about Wolf’s sister Daisy, or any of the other characters from her Three Brides for Three Bad Boys anthology. I realize that this series was simply a spin off of that one, but I would still have loved to hear about how things were with them.
The series isn’t without its flaws, but I recommended it.
This is two long awaited novellas in one. Mike and Leandra and Malachi and Kelsey. I recently read the short story, Malachi, and was dying to finallyThis is two long awaited novellas in one. Mike and Leandra and Malachi and Kelsey. I recently read the short story, Malachi, and was dying to finally get his HEA. I'd recommend you read that short story before this one.
Mike and Leandra - I've been excited for their story for awhile, though I confess I picked this up because I wanted to read about Malachi. I wasn't disappointed. Mike was just what I expected him to be..strong, caring and everything Leandra needed. Leandra I became frustrated with at times, simply because I wanted her to wake up and realize what she had (both figuratively and literally). I do love how strong she was and that Walker made her journey one worth reading.
3.75 out of 5
Malachi and Kelsey - The way Mal kept running away pissed me off. He was a grown man, yet he kept storming off in a huff. Otherwise I really enjoyed this. The romance was well done, though I think it would have benefited from a longer page count. More focus should have been on the couple. I really liked the storyline.
3.5 out of 5
Strong characters and interesting plots made for a great read.
This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it was another great story by Singh. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading thThis is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it was another great story by Singh. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m really glad to have the books on hand (no year long waits for me, yay!) because I don’t think that I’d survive waiting so long between books.
This book follows Vaughn, the lone jaguar in DarkRiver and Faith NightStar, celebrity F-Psy who is worth billions to her Psy-Clan. She can foresee the future and she works at projecting good and bad deals for large corporation. She makes the Psy-Clan a lot of money so she’s safe…at least she thinks she is. When she starts getting dark visions, the only person she thinks that will give her honest answers is Sascha Duncan, the Psy who defected and lives with her changeling mate out in the forest.
I should say that what got Faith’s butt in gear was the murder of her sister, Marine. She’s got some guilt going on and is trying to figure these dark visions out. She feels that Sascha can help her without the lies that she knows she’d get from the Psy people.
Faith and Vaughn were great characters. I really liked them both. I thought Faith really came into her own with Vaughn’s help. I liked seeing her defenses against him fall with each visit he paid her. I really enjoyed seeing them come together. Vaughn’s fierce protectiveness made me love him more and more with each page. There were times when I was worried that he pushed Faith too hard, too soon but that all went away once we find out what’s going through Faith’s head during all of that.
The story was interesting, the characters were great and I was glad to meet all of the characters that I know get books down the road. The character that I’m most interested in getting to know better is Judd. He seems to be a really popular hero in the series and in this book, I saw why. He’s so mysterious and cold but you can see the potential in him in this book. I’m mighty curious to find out more about him, about his family and their story.
I thought Singh did a great job of answering any questions that newcomers to the series would have. The information about the world she built for these characters is readily available while reading the book without bogging the story down. I appreciated that. I also enjoyed the way that Faith and Vaughn’s story wrapped up, with all of the questions answered and resolutions in place. I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers so it was nice to see a story wrap up in one book while still introducing future stories.
My favorite part of the book was probably when Vaughn beat up all of those Psy warriors by himself. Haha, as you can tell, I loved me some Vaughn. I loved him in his human form but also in his cat form. He was just all over yummy. A fantastic hero.
Overall, this book was great. I can’t wait to read more so I definitely recommend this book to the few readers out there (if there are any) that haven’t read this book. Nalini Singh doesn’t disappoint.
I consider myself new to the mystery genre. I never liked to read mysteries because I would get so frustrated when I couldn't figure them out. LOL ButI consider myself new to the mystery genre. I never liked to read mysteries because I would get so frustrated when I couldn't figure them out. LOL But I have to admit I'm not the most observant person around and I just need to accept the fact that I do enjoy reading mysteries and I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Deanna Raybourn's Silent in the Grave gives us such a great story that I wasn't hard on myself for not solving things until almost the main character, Lady Julia Grey, did.
First, Silent in the Grave starts off with one whopper of an opening line:
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.
As a beginning, doesn't that just grab you? It definitely had me hooked!
Julia Grey is hosting a dinner party at her home when her husband starts to have an attack. Everyone assumes it is his weak heart, a family trait, and Julia assumes the same. But when Nicholas Brisbane has another idea, murder, Julia is furious and refuses to consider the notion. It isn't until a year later when she's going through Edward's things that Julia begins to reconsider. There are mysterious papers in Edward's desk and Julia recalls that Brisbane told her Edward had hired him to find out who was threatening him. Intrigued, Julia engages Nicholas' services to find her husband's killer.
That's the most basic summary I can give you. What you find between the covers is so much more rich and interesting. First of all, there are the characters. Lady Julia Grey is the heroine of this series and the book is told from her point of view. So we the reader are in her shoes and see how she grows as a character and we discover what she discovers. It's up to the reader to piece together what is happening. Something I'm not good at, but the author gets us to our final destination - no worries on that score.
So Julia at the beginning is the perfect wife. She's a great hostess, there's no scandal (except for her family's foibles and follies) and she didn't necessarily love her husband, not passionate love anyway. She loved him as a friend since they had grown up together. But after she engages Nicholas and she begins to participate, to have a purpose again, Julia slowly comes out of her shell and a strong, stubborn woman takes her place. I really liked this character growth.
I found Nicholas an intriguing character but I don't want to go on about him too much, just that he's a mysterious fellow who knows that Julia can do better than him but these two are drawn to each other anyway.
Aside from the rich characters, we have a very interesting mystery. It took me a while to figure things out and there were a few red herrings thrown in there that definitely threw me off! I found Deanna's style of writing very engaging and I couldn't put the book down. I definitely recommend Silent in the Grave. 4 out of 5.
I’ve read and enjoyed Tessa Bailey’s writing before so I was looking forward to reading this novella. According to Goodreads, this story is also #5.5I’ve read and enjoyed Tessa Bailey’s writing before so I was looking forward to reading this novella. According to Goodreads, this story is also #5.5 in the Line of Duty series but I had no problem reading this as a stand alone.
Ruby is a former hustler, now an entrepreneur and dating detective Troy. They’re in love but Ruby’s deadbeat father shows up to rain on their parade. He wants Ruby to win a pool game. Her father claims that if she wins, she’ll learn the location of her mother, who disappeared from Ruby’s life when she was a child. Ruby is torn but decides to do it. Troy is not happy about this. He loves Ruby to distraction and he hates the thought of her getting hurt.
I enjoyed this. I was intrigued by the backstory to Ruby and Troy’s relationship so I’ll definitely be reading from the Line of Duty series. Ruby and Troy have amazing chemistry and I found the love scenes very hot! The conflict with Ruby’s dad was well done and it definitely tests their new relationship and the bonds of trust that they’re establishing.
Riskier Business was a quick, satisfying read and it piqued my interest for Risking It All.
Book Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It folBook Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It follows her while she finds her destiny and deals with her past, her present and prepares for her future.
Dana is straight up and takes no bullshit from anyone. Most especially her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Hawke. The man who walked away from her and what they shared in the two years that they were together with no backward glance.
His up and leaving left her very bitter with him and men in general. She doesn’t trust him farther than she can throw him which isn’t at all. And with him back home and mixed up in this key business right along with her makes her madder than all get out. She hates that he’s back and in her life again because the last time he was in her in life and in her heart, he crushed it. She doesn’t trust herself to keep things light and friendly with him and she gets all pissed off when she finds out that in order for her to find the key that she needs to find, she needs to make things right with Jordan because Jordan is part of her quest in finding the key.
Dana needs Jordan in order to find her key and she needs to get to the bottom of why he left and see things from his perspective in order for her heart to survive another encounter with Jordan Hawke, who is the only man that she has ever loved.
This book was the bomb.
I’m serious, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this story, I loved Dana’s hardheadedness where Jordan was concerned and I understood it. It did get on my nerves a bit but more over, I just plain understood why she was with the way she was with him but she wasn’t playing stupid over why she was acting unreasonable where he was concerned. She didn’t deny that she was still in love with him which made her the way she was around him, all surly and bullheaded.
I loved Jordan and all of his issues, his sense of humor and just everything about him. Jordan was a fantastic hero and I enjoyed reading about him trying to make things right with Dana. I loved reading his reasons for leaving and I loved reading how he wooed Dana back into his corner, I loved that he didn’t try to breeze right over what he did to her before but really wanted her to understand and forgive him for what happened between them before.
I loved his writing, I loved his role in all of this, I just plain loved Jordan Hawke. He was my most favorite thing about this book, maybe this series. He was my favorite hero in Key of Light and I really enjoyed him in this story but I have a feeling that Brad is going to be my favorite hero in this series…there’ s just something about Brad that I’m looking forward to reading in his book.
I loved how Dana and Jordan fought to overcome the evil bastard in this series, I loved how they fought together and their love was what got them through, corny as all get out but I was digging it.
This book was another definite winner from Nora Roberts, although I’m having a hard time believing that Nora Roberts will write something that I don’t like. I just like her writing style, it’s the bomb diggity for me! She knows just how to rock her stories to get the most out of them and make me love the characters, the story lines and just everything about them!
One thing I didn’t really care about in this story was Jordan’s nickname for Dana, which was Stretch. That’s no fault of the author though since it only reminds me of a harsh nickname that a woman that I know was called when she was younger. They called her Stretch for an entirely different reason that Jordan called Dana that and so every time Jordan called her Stretch, I cringed because I kept thinking about that poor girl.
But aside from that, the book was fantastic!...more