Eleven Ways to Adore the Book That Made Me Want More Eleven Ways to Admire a Heroine With Such Fire Eleven Ways to...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Eleven Ways to Adore the Book That Made Me Want More Eleven Ways to Admire a Heroine With Such Fire Eleven Ways to Croon Over the Duke Who Made Me Swoon Eleven Ways to Rave Over a Heroine Most Brave Eleven Ways to Gush About My Latest Crush Eleven Ways to Be Naughty to Tempt a Duke Who’s Haughty
Okay...there’s no way I can come up with eleven of those, but you get the jest.
There just aren’t enough words or ways to convey how much I loved this book. I had very high expectations, and I’m thrilled to say that it left a big happy satisfied smile on my face. I love ‘opposites attract’ stories and the romance between passionate, feisty, spitfire Juliana and the haughty, proper, disdainful Duke of Leighton was pure combustible magic!
Juliana Fiori is a fiery Italian miss who longs to break free of the stifling rules and cutting gossip of the ton and the unfeeling, stuffy, arrogant Duke of Leighton represents everything she loathes about English society and propriety. Scandalous Juliana is bold, brash, reckless, expressive, outspoken, and deeply passionate...everything that the Duke of Leighton wants desperately to avoid.
With a family legacy to uphold and shocking secrets to protect, Leighton values his prestigious title, sterling reputation, and impeccable position in society above all else. So his intense attraction to Juliana is unbearable and unwanted. Leighton’s scorn makes Juliana seethe with frustration and hurt, and she’s determined to prove to him that passion is more powerful than the Duke’s status and rules of decorum. Juliana is the perfect match that ignites the banked fire inside Simon, and their volatile connection threatens to shatter the Duke of Disdain’s staunchly guarded control.
It’s a wonderful, engaging, emotional, utterly enjoyable, and unforgettable romance with witty dialogue, hot sexual tension, the perfect combination of drama and humor, a lovable, brave yet vulnerable heroine, and a sexy hero whose aloof, haughty veneer masks a passionate man. I loved it just as much, if not more than, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. It’s a definite keeper worthy of very big 5 stars! I really hope this isn’t the last book of the series because Benedick and Georgiana need their own stories and HEAs.
I just read and adored Something About You and then started this immediately afterward, and there’s a whole lot to love...more5+ stars – Contemporary Romance
I just read and adored Something About You and then started this immediately afterward, and there’s a whole lot to love about A Lot Like Love.
FBI Agent Nick McCall is coming off a grueling undercover assignment and looking for a little R&R before taking his next case, but instead finds himself tasked with assisting a junior agent in an undercover money laundering investigation. In order to infiltrate an exclusive charity event held by one of Chicago’s wealthiest restaurateur’s at an elite wine club, the FBI needs the cooperation of billionaire heiress and wine entrepreneur Jordan Rhodes.
Jordan will do anything to help her incarcerated brother get early parole, even if it means aiding an arrogant, gruff, and rough around the edges agent known for his “don’t-fuck-with-me” look who pushes all her buttons, both good and bad, like Nick McCall. Nick grew up in Brooklyn and would rather take on dangerous criminals and kick back with a nice glass of bourbon after a hard day than attend fancy wine tastings with stuffy, high society types, and polished rich women like Jordan aren’t his type. But opposites definitely attract, and when Nick and Jordan are forced to spend more time together masquerading as a couple, fighting their combustible chemistry and drawing the line between lies and love becomes impossible.
It’s a flawless, vastly entertaining contemporary romance with a hot alpha hero, a smart and sassy heroine, great secondary characters, clever dialogue, refreshing and witty banter, laugh out loud humor, and steamy love scenes. And who knew that wine could be so damn sexy?! (view spoiler)[The part when Jordan demonstrated to Nick how to properly sample wine and the scene when Nick made creative, sensual use of a glass of cabernet during a shared bubble bath were smokin’ hot! (hide spoiler)]
I absolutely lovedA Lot Like Love and highly recommend it for contemporary romance fans! 5 stars!
Here’s my favorite quote:
(view spoiler)[“You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”(hide spoiler)]
Without a doubt, the best thing about Ruthless is dark, captivating, “he’s so bad that you can’t help but love hi...more4 stars – Georgian/Historical Romance
Without a doubt, the best thing about Ruthless is dark, captivating, “he’s so bad that you can’t help but love him” Viscount Rohan, who’s the absolute, ultimate depraved rakehell anti-hero. The heroine made me want to slap her for about the first 150 pages, but once her past was revealed, I understood her better, felt sympathy for all that she’d endured, and admired her strength. It was headed for a 4 ½ star rating, but the abrupt ending and lack of a definite, satisfying resolution between the H/h made me knock it down to 4 stars. Still, devilishly beguiling, fiendishly naughty degenerate Viscount Rohan is more than reason enough to read this!(less)
I'm feeling lazy about writing a full review, so I'll keep this somewhat brief. I absolutely adored Nine Rules to Break...more4 ½ stars – Historical Romance
I'm feeling lazy about writing a full review, so I'll keep this somewhat brief. I absolutely adored Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and I've been anxiously awaiting this second book by MacLean. Did it wow me? Yes and no. In all fairness, this had a lot to live up to because Nine Rules...Rake was just so damn much fun and sexy, with lovable heroine Callie and yummy as all get out hero Gabriel.
Ten Ways...Lord is fun and passionate with a great story. I loved Minerva house and it's strong, quirky female inhabitants and the secondary romance between hero Nick's companion, the formidable yet kind Turk called Rock, and heroine Isabel's cousin, Lara. But it took me a while to warm up to the romance between Nick and Isabel (although it's plenty hot!) because I just didn't feel that strong of a connection between them at first.
I really admired Isabel and respected her independence and fortitude, but she was also exasperating and there were times that I just wanted to smack or shake her. Nick had much more patience with Isabel than I would have, choosing to kiss and pleasure her witless instead of shaking her (lucky girl). But fortunately Isabel wises up, and the ending is extremely sweet and satisfying and left a big fat happy smile on my face.
So although not quite as great as it's wonderful predecessor, Ten Ways...Lord is still an entertaining romance with intriguing characters, witty dialogue, and steamy love scenes. I'm really looking forward to Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart, which I'm hoping is the pompous Duke of Leighton's story. 4 ½ stars!
Wow! This is the first book I’ve read by popular author Elizabeth Hoyt, and I certainly understand now why she’s so highly...more5 stars – Historical Romance
Wow! This is the first book I’ve read by popular author Elizabeth Hoyt, and I certainly understand now why she’s so highly rated. Wicked Intentions, the first book in her new Maiden Lane series, is a dark, gritty, eerie, emotional, unique, and erotic murder mystery and romance with a bold, honest social commentary of class differences, poverty, and the rough, violent world of St. Giles in London.
The main characters, widowed child foundling home caregiver Temperance Dews and mysterious Lazarus Huntingon, Lord Caire, who’s famous for his deviant sexual proclivities and disdain of the aristocracy, were fascinating. Their chemistry and connection was beguiling, believable, and sensual, and I simply couldn’t get enough of them together. And the sex scenes?! HOLY cow!! I had to turn down my A/C! But what was even more compelling about the love scenes was how integral they were to the characters emotional growth and the way they were weaved so perfectly within the foundation of the story.
There were several interesting secondary characters as well, so there seems to be intriguing possibilities for future books in the series. Just who is the Ghost of St. Giles? Will we see more of Charming Mickey? What does the future hold for Silence and William, or possibly even Silence and Charming Mickey, perhaps? I for one can’t wait to find out! I just wish I didn’t have to wait until Feb’2011 for Notorious Pleasures to come out! 5 stars!
WOW! I loved this, especially devilishly charismatic rake, the Marquis of St. Aubyn. Saint is a deliciously debau...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
WOW! I loved this, especially devilishly charismatic rake, the Marquis of St. Aubyn. Saint is a deliciously debauched scoundrel who glories in his depraved ways and pursuits, but he meets his match in caring, headstrong Evelyn. She’s determined to save the Heart of Hope Orphanage and teach Saint a lesson in compassion in the process; even if it means engaging him in a provocative battle of wills and indulging in his dangerous game of seduction. But who will be the victor of their passionate “lessons in love”?
St. Aubyn reminded me a lot of Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (one of the sexiest, yummiest romantic heroes, ever!), and both heroines have the same informal name, Evie, strong countenances, and kindhearted natures. Hmmm...interesting...But the stories are decidedly different and each have their own charms.
If you enjoy romances with unrepentant rake heroes who just love to be bad and spirited heroines who give as good as they get, then don’t miss this wonderful, engaging read. It’s a keeper! Big 5 stars!
His smooth panther’s stalk was magnetic even when he wasn’t hunting. With an entire room full of willing game, then, why was he after her?
This is my favorite sigh-worthy moment.
(view spoiler)[“I told you that I didn’t have a heart,” he continued as he gazed up at her, his voice shaking just a little. “I do have one. I just didn’t know it until I met you. You are my light. My soul craves you, and I love you with every ounce of the heart you’ve awakened in me. I...I could live without you, but I wouldn’t want to.”(hide spoiler)]
This is my favorite steamy moment.
(view spoiler)[The scene where Evelyn shaved Saint while he was chained up and then finally gave in to his wicked seduction was smokin’ hot! (hide spoiler)]
Wow! What an utterly delightful gem this turned out to be! I absolutely loved, loved, loved it!
One Night With a...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
Wow! What an utterly delightful gem this turned out to be! I absolutely loved, loved, loved it!
One Night With a Prince is such a fun, sexy, witty, steamy, entertaining, emotional, and engaging romance, and the H/h make a saucy, amusing, and unforgettable couple with magnetic chemistry in spades. “Prince of Sin” Gavin Byrne reminded me a little of Derek Craven from Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (one of my all-time favorite romantic heroes) because of his brutal, impoverished upbringing, rise to success as a wealthy, powerful gaming club owner, and tarnished, cynical soul, but Gavin’s a bit more affable, devilish, and teasing, especially when it comes to seduction. And feisty, brave, spirited, temperamental, loyal, and kindhearted Christabel, who dares make him feel and yearn for things he doesn’t believe in, is his perfect, explosive match.
I’m usually a stickler for reading books in order, but I’m glad I made an exception for this because it would have been a real shame to delay enjoying such a wonderful romance. Now I’m looking forward to reading the first two books in the series and more by this author. Big 5, scandalously sinful stars!
I had a hard time getting into this book and the first 200 or so pages really dragged for me. To be fair, my...more3 ½ stars – Historical/Fairy Tale Romance
I had a hard time getting into this book and the first 200 or so pages really dragged for me. To be fair, my lack of enthusiasm was, at least partly, because I probably just wasn’t in the right mood or frame of mind for it. My frustration for about a third of the story was that there were too many characters and just way too much going on, so things were a bit muddled. The main H/H, Kate and Gabriel, seemed to get a bit lost in the chaos and there wasn’t nearly enough interaction between them, so it didn’t even feel much like a romance for a significant portion of the story. So up until around page 202, it was really looking like this would be a 2 star read.
But then, to my pleasant surprise, once the flirtation and romance between Kate and Gabriel picked up momentum and their characters finally sparked to life, my interest peaked. Their love scenes were achingly tender, utterly romantic, and lushly sensual. Although it took a while for Kate and Gabriel to become a believable romantic couple, once that happened, I found myself rooting strongly for their HEA. Thus, the last 150 pages or so, especially the beautiful, steamy love scenes, made reading and sticking with this through the slow and cluttered parts truly worth it and boosted my rating. And the ending and epilogue were sweet icing on the cake. 3 ½ stars.(less)
I loved it! What a fun, sexy battle of wills between a headstrong, passionate, fiery Italian princess who’s the illegitima...more5 stars – Historical Romance
I loved it! What a fun, sexy battle of wills between a headstrong, passionate, fiery Italian princess who’s the illegitimate daughter of a prince and a courtesan and a stuffy, proper English ambassador charged with using his diplomatic skills to find her a suitable, titled husband to keep her out of trouble. But can upstanding Sir Ian Moore keep his hands of luscious Lucia long enough to play matchmaker?
The Duke is such a beautiful, thoroughly romantic story. In fact, it’s pretty much the embodiment of why I’m an a...more5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
The Duke is such a beautiful, thoroughly romantic story. In fact, it’s pretty much the embodiment of why I’m an ardent romance reader. Because I just love being swept away in a moving, passionate story of two people who against all odds find deep, fulfilling, healing love and live out their happily ever after. Call me an overly sentimental sap...I don’t care...because love makes everything in this crazy merry-go-round of life worthwhile. And this charming, heartrending, sensual, sweet, emotional, romantic love story about the paragon Duke of Hawkscliffe who falls hard for beautiful courtesan Belinda, who’s façade of pride and strength masks painful secrets, might be a fairytale, but it’s an affecting reminder of why love continues to enchant and inspire us all. Big 5 stars from this devoted romance reader!(less)