A weak 4* but stronger than 3* Lord Nicholas St. Vire is a reluctant vampire, hates the woman who 'turned' him, and has spent decades searching for a wA weak 4* but stronger than 3* Lord Nicholas St. Vire is a reluctant vampire, hates the woman who 'turned' him, and has spent decades searching for a way to reverse the process. He's sure he's finally found it, and all he has to do is find a willing virgin to marry, one who will love him even knowing what he is.
This book is said to be the first Regency-vampire book - my copy was published in 1995. I think it held my interest because the author chose how she would interpret/carry out the "rules" of vampirism. Vampires burn up in sunlight *check* Vampires need blood *check* Vampires can't eat food *Umm, really?*
This was different enough to make it worthwhile - and I may search for another paranormal Harbaugh wrote before this one, about a Regency man who makes a bargain with the devil, and then wants to get out of it - and the bargain involves a decent woman, of course!...more
Although this story is a romance *so yes, it has an HEA*, this is really a story of the struggle of the settlers who lived near the borders of KansasAlthough this story is a romance *so yes, it has an HEA*, this is really a story of the struggle of the settlers who lived near the borders of Kansas and Missouri during the American Civil War. Specifically, it portrays incidents that created the "Bleeding Kansas" of the 1860s. This was the era of Quantrill's Raiders, who attacked the McCahy Ranch and brutally murdered Kristin's father. Now a small group of the Raiders has returned, wanting Kristin as their plaything. Cole Slater happens upon them and saves her, and to get him to stay to protect the ranch, she offers herself - and he accepts. What she doesn't know is that Cole used to ride with Quantrill's Raiders - he wanted to avenge the murder of his wife by Union Jayhawkers, and that was supposed to be the purpose of Quantrill's group. But he had left the Raiders some time ago when he discovered that their only purpose seemed to be the same indiscriminate killing and burning that had been done to him by the Pro-Union Jayhawkers. He is, however, still in the Confederate Army. Kristin's brother Matthew had joined the Union Army after their father was killed by the Confederate raiders, so now Kristin had protection from both sides of the conflict - or was in peril from both sides!
This was a very intense read, and I enjoyed the personalized history lesson. The author very cleverly brought Cole's brothers into the conflict at the ranch, and set up the personal animosity between Malachi Slater and Kristin's sister Shannon, who just happen to be the H/h in Rides A Hero....more
I just HAD to rate this a 5* rather than a strong 4*, mainly because I was SO GLAD to see that Olivia has not lost the Zest for Life that she had in LI just HAD to rate this a 5* rather than a strong 4*, mainly because I was SO GLAD to see that Olivia has not lost the Zest for Life that she had in Lord Perfect. Her letters were a delight to read! For years, she has been Last Night's Scandal, as she so matter-of-factly tells Peregrine. She proceeds to blithely complicate his life, but who else understands how to deal with his parents?!...more
When the marquis is away, the butler decides to play entrepreneur! Especially since the marquis was away for 5 years - it was just too boring to takeWhen the marquis is away, the butler decides to play entrepreneur! Especially since the marquis was away for 5 years - it was just too boring to take care of a house with no one in residence, so Thornley decided to keep the staff on their toes by renting the Westham mansion during the Season to carefully selected people. It was working out well - financially - for all staff members, but then the marquis arrived to find his home invaded by strangers, and the fun begins.
This was a delightful read! Ms. Michaels not only blurred the lines and rules of society - she pretty much eliminated some of them, while poking fun at a very restrictive society. There's a sequel about the marquis' best friend - hope Shall We Dance? is an entertaining as this was....more
This historical-romance series gives a new twist to the story of Fagin's boys from Dickens' Oliver Twist, and lets you see what could have happened ifThis historical-romance series gives a new twist to the story of Fagin's boys from Dickens' Oliver Twist, and lets you see what could have happened if someone gave them a chance to escape their lives as pickpockets and thieves. Some have names we recognize, such as Jack Dodger; Oliver becomes Luke, who is discovered to be the grandson of a duke. Others are cleverly named - Frannie chose the last name of Darling because Feagan always called her 'Frannie, darling'; James chose the surname Swindler because that's what he was good at as one of the boys. And the skills they learned as boys from Feagan serve them well as adults when they channel them for (mostly) legal activities.
This is James Swindler's story, and he is such a caring and generous guy that for quite a while I felt he was being cheated in his heroine, 'cause she was really playing him for a fool. But fear not! Lorraine Heath had an extra card or two up her sleeve. But even though I've never subscribed to the theory that revenge is OK for the hero but not the heroine, I still wasn't completely happy with her actions toward James. And the extra twists at the end were a bit of a surprise - one of them validated my earlier thinking, but the other one was somewhat out of the blue.
The 4* is for James (of course!), and for the fact that the author was able to surprise me twice, although I did figure out the first surprise about halfway through....more
I wanted to like this more than I did, but it was just too inconsistent and far-fetched for me. The inconsistency was resolved - the beginning gave thI wanted to like this more than I did, but it was just too inconsistent and far-fetched for me. The inconsistency was resolved - the beginning gave the feeling that perhaps the author was going for tongue-in-cheek with the opening behavior of the heroine, but then it became obvious that it was meant to be a serious approach to staking vampires. But that led to the far-fetched aspect: here is this young debutante carrying stakes to ton events so she can poof any vampires that show up. Actually, I was willing to accept her behavior, since she was the only one of the three vampire-hunters who could show up at society events. But here's my problem: vampire guardians were making vampires out of titled men of the ton, whom Victoria then poofed out of existence, but there was no big hue and cry about the disappearance of these lords?! Sooner or later, there should have been concerns and investigations, but none were mentioned - I had a problem with that....more
Much better than the first book of the Lost Lord series - Mary Jo has found her way again with this story. The characters were so much more realisticMuch better than the first book of the Lost Lord series - Mary Jo has found her way again with this story. The characters were so much more realistic and believable than the couple in Loving A Lost Lord, and I liked the way Randall and Julia talked to each other instead of pretending problems didn't exist. A couple of those very real problems were resolved almost too easily (and maybe unrealistically?), which kept this from being a 5* read for me....more
This book has been on my TBR for almost two years - every time I put it in a challenge, I ended up switching to something else, but this time I was deThis book has been on my TBR for almost two years - every time I put it in a challenge, I ended up switching to something else, but this time I was determined. That may be why it took me so long to settle into the story, or maybe it took a while for the story to engage me - that happened about midway and is why this is not 4*, altho it is a strong 3*.
Sophie married very unwisely when she was young and impulsive, and her marriage was a difficult and unhappy one. She is now sure of two things - she will never be foolish enough to fall in love again, and she will never marry again unless she can be sure that her husband will be faithful. Since she is sure that men are never faithful, she has vowed never to remarry.
Lord Banaltt was the very type of man she knew she could never love or marry. Now it is up to him to convince Sophie that, altho he was that kind of man, he really has changed - that he is in love with her and would be faithful. His own past is against him - how can he convince her he is permanently changed for the better?!
At first I didn't like the constant changing from present to past, but it ultimately worked much better than telling the past all at once. This is a very intense read, but I'm glad I finally got to it....more
Love that Ramses!! He's impossibly precocious, disgustingly logical and literal, and extremely difficult to keep track of; things that would drive a rLove that Ramses!! He's impossibly precocious, disgustingly logical and literal, and extremely difficult to keep track of; things that would drive a real-life parent to heart failure, but great to love in fictional fantasy. The banter between Amelia and Emerson continues to be as enjoyable as it was in the first book. And the author always manages to throw in a few unexpected twists - I did not figure out the reasonings behind the Master Criminal's actions towards Amelia, although I was leaning towards the real identity of MC....more
Amelia is an amusing and annoying pompous know-it-all; but that's why this series works. But what makes this one even better is the inclusion of RamseAmelia is an amusing and annoying pompous know-it-all; but that's why this series works. But what makes this one even better is the inclusion of Ramses in the expedition. Proud and loving mama Amelia wasn't all that happy to include him, but Emerson insisted on having his son with them, and Ramses proceeds to take center stage. He is described by his mama as 'catastrophically precocious' and is extremely successful in finding any and every loophole in his protective mama's laundry list of instructions of things he must not do. (She's actually trying to protect others from Ramses!)
I'm now listening to book 4, and am very pleased to see that Ramses is solidly involved. Love that boy!!...more
The first chapter of "Loving" started out in typical Putney fashion, and I looked forward to a great read. It started out great, but then it was almosThe first chapter of "Loving" started out in typical Putney fashion, and I looked forward to a great read. It started out great, but then it was almost like someone else wrote the next couple of chapters. Just about the time I wondered where Mary Jo had gone, she came back. This was not a bad book - just not her usual great writing, so I'm 'grading' her according to what I expected. There were some really good parts - when Adam's friends were searching for him, and the dreams/nightmares that gave hints of his past. But the ending that resolved everything in both families (Adam's and Mariah's) was too much, too soon, and way too fortuitous. And the whole thing about Mariah's family? - I would have bashed Daddy from here to Sunday!!
However, I will be reading about the next Lost Lord and hope the real Mary Jo Putney is back...more