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
Another good book that took a while to get where it was going - this ended up a very strong 4.5* but not quite a 5* read. I do love stories where theAnother good book that took a while to get where it was going - this ended up a very strong 4.5* but not quite a 5* read. I do love stories where the heroine has the willpower and the strength to pull herself out of a bad situation and create a better life, and I knew that was going to happen eventually (this is a romance story, after all), but it didn't really 'drag me in' until chapter 10. After that, it was like a train going downhill! Letty's emotional and moral journey was so very believable and great to watch. I loved Little Bidewell and all its inhabitants (well, maybe not all, but I did come to an understanding of sorts with Catherine). And Elliot is that curious mix of alpha & beta - he knows when to take charge and when to appear not to be taking charge. ...more
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
I just finished my reread of this book, which I would not have done if not for the BHB challenge! So I knew about theWARNING! SPOILER IN THIS REVIEW!!
I just finished my reread of this book, which I would not have done if not for the BHB challenge! So I knew about the abduction and rape - what a wonderful lover! (Just in case you didn't recognize it, that was sarcasm!!) - and the gang rape that comes later, and really expected those events to negate everything else. That said, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. I loved the sailing activities and descriptions, and almost-travelogue approach to descriptions of Genoa and Italian countryside. And as a history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the British look at the 'irritating rebellion' in the Colonies. Setting aside the rapes (which it's impossible to do), this would have been a weak 4*, so I'm giving it a weak 3*...more
The Perfect Wife is a perfect treasure! Avelyn and Paen are both wonderfully likeable and caring people. Because he spent so many years fighting in thThe Perfect Wife is a perfect treasure! Avelyn and Paen are both wonderfully likeable and caring people. Because he spent so many years fighting in the Crusades, Paen was so obviously clueless about how to interact with his wife, yet he was observant enough to see - and deal with - Avelyn's low self-esteem caused by her nasty cousins. Thank you, Lynsay Sands, for this beautiful falling-in-like and falling-in-love story!
'Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he''Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he'd just bathed in January!), she donned her chastity belt and hid the key.
This was a cute premise, and Sands handled it with her trademark humor, but this one just didn't have the same punch as Love Is Blind or The Perfect Wife. The humor didn't flow quite as well here, and I just couldn't accept the idea that Iliana would have been able to wear that blasted device day and night (she unlocked it only to relieve herself), so that premise just didn't work for me in the long run.
But I did enjoy the verbal interactions between them - and between Duncan and his father, where Angus berated him for being 'a randy bastard' for bedding Iliana day and night when he hadn't even been able to get past the belt!
The mystery behind the murder attempts soon became pretty obvious to the reader, and I was sitting here pretty wide-eyed at Iliana's leadership in repelling a siege and saving the castle. But the characters were appealing enough to make it better than average - to me, it's 3.5*, but that option doesn't exist yet, so I gave it 4*...more