It’s no wonder that The Devil in Winter is a Kleypas fan favorite and historical romance reader’s dream because the bea...more5++ stars – Historical Romance
It’s no wonder that The Devil in Winter is a Kleypas fan favorite and historical romance reader’s dream because the beautiful, touching, and evocative love story of awkwardly shy wallflower with profound, quiet inner strength, Evangeline Jenner, and dashing libertine and unscrupulous, villainous rake Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent, is absolute magic. Verrry big 5 stars for this remarkable, beautifully romantic, top favorite, keeper!
I think this quote from Marcus, Lord Westcliff, in The Devil in Winter, pondering the mystery of Evie and Sebastian’s romance, explains it best.
“The situation was extraordinary. How someone like Evangeline Jenner could have wrought such a change in St. Vincent, the most worldly of men, was difficult to understand. However, Westcliff had learned that the mysteries of attraction could not always be explained through logic. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together.”(less)
I really enjoyed this one...very entertaining. I loved the Survivor-esque plot with Navy SEAL Ken “WildCard” Kamody and Mi...more5+ stars – Romantic Suspense
I really enjoyed this one...very entertaining. I loved the Survivor-esque plot with Navy SEAL Ken “WildCard” Kamody and Miss Prim and Proper Pollyanna Savannah von Hopf roughing it in the jungles of Indonesia, while escaping and evading terrorists and the local warlord. I have to say, Savannah handled traversing rough terrain in bare feet, sleeping in the mud, and eating slugs much better than I would and without complaints. Ken initially thinks she’s a spoiled, uptight, and straight-laced rich girl, but he soon gains tremendous respect for her no-fuss attitude, determination, inner strength, and will to survive that would rival any SEAL.
I loved Ken “WildCard”...he’s zany, funny, romantic, sweet even when he’s being a grade-A jerk, and he’s always putting his foot in his mouth by saying the first thing that comes to mind. Pretty much everything he thinks and says is laugh-out-loud hysterical. Savannah’s a nice, spunky, feisty heroine and really throws Kenny for a loop. They are both a tad insecure and a little bit goofy and make a super cute, syrupy sweet couple...I couldn’t get enough of them!
The WWII subplot in this one has a strong tie to the main story, but once again I felt that the flashback scenes were a distraction, and I mostly skipped over them. I just wish there was more of the main action and characters instead, but at least this time the WWII flashback scenes were printed in a different size and font, making skimming through them easy.
Another highpoint to Out of Control is the steamy romance between missionary Molly and mysterious smuggler Mr. Jones, aka Dave Jones/Grady Morant. He’s a sexy gamma/anti-hero worthy of an Anne Stuart ‘Ice’ book, and Molly’s bluntness with him was priceless. Their explosive chemistry and spicy banter was one of my favorite aspects of the book. Things weren’t totally wrapped up for them, so I really hope to see more of them in a future book.
We get a little bit more drama in the Sam and Alyssa saga and see Sam’s internal misery over his loveless marriage and Alyssa trying to move on. The scene where Jules and Alyssa go to Sam’s house and she mistakenly thinks Sam’s wife Mary Lou is pregnant again because she hasn’t lost her baby weight was both sad and funny. The scene where Alyssa lied to Sam about her feelings over their short relationship in an attempt to discourage his lingering feelings for her was absolutely heartbreaking. I sooo hope that Brockmann gives Sam and Alyssa a whopping HEA because boy do they ever deserve it! I can’t wait to read their story in book six to find out.
Out of Control is a sexy, action-packed romantic suspense read with great characters and hot romance...big 5 stars.(less)
It’s been a while since I’ve read a regency historical romance, and although it’s not my favorite romance genre,...more4 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
It’s been a while since I’ve read a regency historical romance, and although it’s not my favorite romance genre, I still enjoy them on occasion, especially when it’s a captivating story with intriguing characters that keeps me entertained, and Olivia Drake’s Seducing the Heiress, which is the first in her An Heiress in London series, definitely held my interest.
Miss Portia Crompton is just a commoner, but she’s the hottest thing to hit the society scene thanks to a nice, fat dowry from her father accumulating vast wealth in India. She’s grabbed the attention of the city’s most eligible bachelors, including the illustrious Duke of Albright, but notorious rogue, rakish womanizer, and alleged murderer Colin Byrd, the Viscount Ratcliffe and archenemy of the Duke, is determined to claim young Portia as his bride in order to win her cushy dowry for himself to restore his dwindling financial status.
Ratcliffe holds no delusions about romance and love and sets out to win Portia’s hand purely for money and vengeance against his rival the Duke, but he never anticipated that her inner fire, strength, and beauty would end up charming him. Viscount Ratcliffe is arrogant, persistent, and oh so devilishly tempting to innocent Portia, even though she’s secretly sworn her heart to childhood love, Arun, in India. But Portia is no air-brained fool, and she knows exactly why the Viscount is pursuing her so ardently, but can the charismatic rogue Ratcliffe convince her that he also desires her heart?
I really enjoyed this story, loved the characters, especially devastatingly charming, sexy Ratcliffe, and the sexual chemistry and tension was off the charts sizzling and entertaining. My only real complaint is that I would have liked a bit more of Ratcliffe and Portia once they finally came together and became a ‘couple’...and of course an epilogue would have been a cherry on the sundae, but I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of them living happily ever after in the second book in the series, Never Trust a Rogue, when it comes out in Fall’2010. 4 ½ stars!
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s...more4 stars – Historical Romance
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s still a good read, and I definitely felt a connection to the characters and was emotionally invested in the story.
Lady Louisa might be the daughter and sister of an earl, but rampant debt and elaborate spending habits have left her family’s estate in financial ruin. To earn money and avoid inevitable spinsterhood, she accepts the position of chaperone to the two daughters of the wealthy American Rose family and undertakes the challenge of finding them suitable, titled English husbands.
The Duke of Hawkhurst, Louisa’s brother’s best friend, is having financial trouble himself and begins a desperate, ruthless campaign to court and wed the eldest Rose daughter, Jenny, to win her immense dowry, but Louisa is determined to prevent the scoundrel Hawkhurst from earning her charge’s favor. When a library rendezvous takes an unexpected turn, Hawkhurst finds himself in a forced marriage, but is it to the right woman?
I liked Louisa and Hawkhurst, and they had a believable connection. I never doubted that they belonged together, but I got really frustrated at times with the perpetual misunderstandings and their tendency to internalize everything. Although there is a HEA, I would have liked a bit more explanation and sharing between the couple once they finally admitted their feelings (and perhaps a bit more groveling from Hawk) because it seemed a bit rushed and too easily wrapped up in that regard. Overall it’s a satisfying romance from Lorraine Heath, who has become one of my favorite authors. 4 stars.
This is a really good romance that’s complex and honest, with a destitute, stubborn, strong lower-class heroine and a hand...more4 stars – Historical Romance
This is a really good romance that’s complex and honest, with a destitute, stubborn, strong lower-class heroine and a handsome, selfish, titled rake hero who sees her as the answer to saving his bankrupt estates.
I think these two lines sum up the H/H really well.
Nell’s attraction to Simon:
But oh, he was beautiful. As he took the step that closed the distance between them, his slow smile might have lured the angels from heaven, flocking noisily, arms outstretched, happy to burn for him.
Simon’s appraisal of Nell:
God save him, he’d taken a guttersnipe bluestocking to wife; what were the odds of that?(less)
Wow! What can I possibly say about this one to convey how absolutely wonderful it is? Talk about a charming, wick...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Wow! What can I possibly say about this one to convey how absolutely wonderful it is? Talk about a charming, wickedly splendid read and a smashing good time! A Week to Be Wicked is one of the most engaging, refreshing, witty, banterific, and all around pleasing historical romances that I’ve read in quite a while and definitely so far this year.
Colin is a handsome, flirtatious, affable, generous, funny, sweet, and utterly lovable scoundrel whose tormented past and insecurity make you want to hold him tight, heal his wounded soul, and never let go. And spunky, awkward, bespectacled, bluestocking, spinster geologist Minerva, who prefers spending her time unearthing rare rocks and minerals and making scientific discoveries to people, might appear his polar opposite, but together they prove that magnets indeed attract.
Colin, with his good-natured, roguish charm, endearing wit, and underlying tortured soul, reminded me of one of my favorite romantic heroes, Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsay from Lisa Kleypas’s masterful Married By Morning, and that’s high praise indeed!
It’s a highly enjoyable, gratifying read for historical romance fans! Big 5 stars!
One of my favorite scenes/passages:
(view spoiler)[A hint of sensual frustration roughened his voice. “And I will curse the gods along with them, Min. Some wild monsoon raged through me as I looked at you just now. It’s left me rearranged inside, and I don’t have a map.”
“I will insist you be man enough to take it. I won’t have you making light of my feelings, or making light of yourself—as if you’re not worthy of them. Because you are worthy, Colin. You’re a generous, good-hearted person, and you deserve to be loved. Deeply, truly, well, and often.”
He looked utterly bewildered. Well, what did he expect, after the power he’d given her? He couldn’t compare a woman to a torrentially beautiful monsoon, and then look surprised that he’d gotten wet. “You reckless man.” She laid a touch to his cheek. “You really should be more careful with those compliments.”(hide spoiler)]