This was a fantastic box set! Each story is interconnected and set in the same town of Holly, NC. This all takes place oReview posted on /Got Fiction?
This was a fantastic box set! Each story is interconnected and set in the same town of Holly, NC. This all takes place over Christmas, and the characters all show up in other stories. I loved it. Every single story was great. At the end, there's an epilogue for everyone, and it was sweet and cute.
The only thing is I wish we'd seen a happy ending for Brad, the town sheriff. He definitely deserves one. And since there was an epilogue, I'm really disappointed he didn't even get the hint of his own HEA.
Melt for Me by Elisabeth Naughton-3.5 stars
Sweet Rapture by Alexandra Ivy-5 stars
The Spy Who Came for Christmas by Cynthia Eden- 5 stars
I really love Paige Tyler's werewolves. It's a fresh take on werewolves without feeling like it's something crazy and outReview posted on Got Fiction?
I really love Paige Tyler's werewolves. It's a fresh take on werewolves without feeling like it's something crazy and out there. This SWAT series is full of that yummy alpha wolfiness I love.
This books starts with something a little darker than normal. Jayna is trying to ignore her mom and stepdad fighting, but when it gets to the point where she can't ignore it any more, she tries to run. And he catches her before she can climb out the window. And she knows the look in his eyes.
Fast forward several years later, and her pack, the one that pulled her off the streets and gave her a home and family, is in trouble. Their alpha has said that he's in too deep with some mobsters, and he needs the pack to do a couple of jobs to work off his debt. Jayna and the others are pissed, because they've stolen to eat before, but never anything like this. And every time they think they're out, their alpha tells them he needs them again. It becomes clear to her that he's in this willingly, and they aren't going to leave any time soon.
Eric Becker is part of the Dallas SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) team, and when he and his team are at a warehouse during a sting, he sees a lovely and delicious little female wolf holding a very large weapon aimed at him. But instead of ordering her to drop the weapon, he helps hide her from both the bad guys, and the good guys.
Instead of telling his team leader, his alpha, someone who's broken rules for the woman he loves, he hides it from all but his one best friend, and decides to track her down and help her. When he realizes that she can't leave her pack behind, he decides right then to help out from within.
The bad guys have been outsourcing werewolves who have no loyalties to anyone, called Omegas, and since Jayna's pack is full of Betas, a group who needs the pack bond more than anything, and who in turn strengthen that pack bond, these Omegas are pretty bad dudes.
Beck goes in as an Omega.
It's not often I find a hero TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), but for a while there, I'm sorry to say he was. I mean he went deep undercover without telling his alpha. An alpha who would have understood. An alpha who then could have made it a sanctioned op and given him backup and help.
I mean, his alpha didn't find out until close to the end, and I felt it was very out of place. Like, he wouldn't have said no. So why hide it? I still don't get that choice by the author.
But, on the whole, it's a good book, and a solid series. I feel like Paige Tyler has a fantastic thing going with her SWAT series.
What a fun idea! My year on Goodreads was limited to reviews only. But it looks like I've read over 100 books, so that's pretty cool! Although I did cWhat a fun idea! My year on Goodreads was limited to reviews only. But it looks like I've read over 100 books, so that's pretty cool! Although I did count some of the kids' books that we read together since I had trouble getting started. I'm a moody reader, and sometimes nothing strikes me as what I want to read. I have the latest Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews and still haven't read it...I hate being interrupted in certain books, and any Ilona Andrews book is that kind. I just haven't had the time, y'know?
I read primarily on my phone, but lately the toddler likes to take it, so I've stopped using it. But the advantage to that is I'm using my Nook more.
I'd forgotten how much easier on my eyes the eInk is.
I'm going to set my goal at 100 books again, since for 3 years in a row, it seems the most attainable number.
Happy New Years, guys! Can't wait to read your Year On Goodreads! ...more
This is book 11 in the Red Stone Security series, and with the exception of seeing many couples who were obviously from pReview posted on Got Fiction?
This is book 11 in the Red Stone Security series, and with the exception of seeing many couples who were obviously from previous books, this reads really well as a stand-alone.
But I will say, seeing all the happy couples from books past made me want to start the series at book 1!
Quick recap is that Athena and Quinn went out on a few dates, and when they got serious and Athena told him she was a virgin, he freaked and bailed.
A couple of months later, they're at a BBQ and it turns out he works at Red Stone Security, and Athena is starting there on Monday...dun dun dun...
But while Quinn might realize he was an idiot for leaving, Athena lets him know she's no longer interested. Even if her body is. But that won't keep Quinn from trying to win her back.
Unfortunately, Quinn helped put a cop away for spousal abuse and this guy has just gotten out of prison. Six years is a long time to plot revenge. Seeing Quinn have lunch with Athena only cements his plan.
Once Quinn realizes Athena is in danger from something that happened in his past, he gets all protective and I loved it. This was a smokin' hot romance, and for only 43,000 words or so, it packed a lot in! This was a fast-paced story with great characters, many of whom you see in here! I definitely want to know their stories now!
***ARC courtesy of the author via netgalley ...more
When Alyssa Day ended her Warriors of Poseidon series, many of us wondered, But what about Jack? (for those who are new to this author, Jack is a tiger shifter who worked with the Atlanteans to overthrow the vampire threat in the last series).
The rumor mill batted a few ideas around, but the predominant one was that Jack would be getting his own series! I'd heard it would be a PI series, where Jack, the hard-bitten detective, back from fighting in the resistance, would solve murders and other Urban Fantasy Paranormal type stuff.
The rumors were sort of right. What we have straddles the Urban Fantasy/Cozy Mystery line pretty well. And, it's not actually told from Jack's point of view.
Enter Tess. Tess Callahan can see the way someone will die if she touches them, so she's sort of avoided most human contact, and made the Dead End pawnshop home. Which is where this book begins.
After hearing about his uncle Jeremiah's death, Jack heads home to Dead End, FL. His uncle left him half a pawnshop. With every intention of signing his half over to Tess, Jack has no desire to stay. Until he meets back up with Tess.
But Jack hadn't been told that Jeremiah had been murdered, then dumped on the doorstep of the pawnshop. So this was news to him. Before he can get his feet under him in Dead End, FL, another body is dumped at the pawn shop. He and Tess can't let this go. With the idiot sheriff doing nothing to help, and strange occurrences happening left and right, the two of them have no choice but to take care of this themselves. But searching for a murderer can be dangerous.
With threats coming at them from both the bad guys, and the sheriff, they don't know who to trust. Meanwhile there are hints of some dark magic happening during the next blood moon, which is in just a few days. The ending leaves you satisfied, but also leaves room for the next book without having a cliffhanger.
Oh! And remember how I'd mentioned the rumor that Jack would be a PI? Well, it just so happens that Jeremiah also left another business to Jack. It's a detective agency. He'd made it specifically in case Jack ever wanted to come home, maybe just maybe, this could entice him to stay. But how can you keep one of the former leaders of the Rebel Army in a small-town? Will it be enough to keep him there?
Alejandro from Alejandro's Sorceress (the crossover between Warriors of Poseidon and the Cardinal Witches) has a small role. I'd have liked to have seen him more, and have Jack and Tess utilize him more. He's a great character, and further links the 3 series that Ms. Day has interwoven.
Alyssa Day is taking on a lighter tone, and this book fits much more with her Cardinal Witches series, than it does with the Warriors of Poseidon. I can't really pin down the genre, but I will say it's like cozy mystery meets Urban Fantasy lite. Full of her trademark wit, Dead Eye has everything from romance to mystery, and you won't want to miss it!
I liked The Scarlet Letter in high school, and I've read it once or twice since then. But this is completely different. TReview posted on Got Fiction?
I liked The Scarlet Letter in high school, and I've read it once or twice since then. But this is completely different. This was a new way to experience the classic tale.
So, this is a different type of review, with different subject matter than normal, but you can find summaries and essays galore out there on this book. Since this is the manga version, I thought I'd focus on the artwork.
I'm not big on manga or graphic novels, but this was a beautiful edition. The artwork was well-done, the story was easy to follow. I'm going to have my 11 year old read it, since she loves graphic novels, and I think she'd grasp the nuance in this edition much better.
The advantage of a graphic novel, is that with a good illustrator, you can see the emotion of the piece, even if it's shown in black and white, or if the character isn't in the scene. And SunNeko Lee definitely created some beautiful artwork.
I know some manga fans will follow certain artists, even if the book isn't in their typical genre of choice. With SunNeko Lee's talent, I can see why.
If you ever want a cliff's notes version of the classic, but with more story to it, these manga classics are a really neat way to go.
***ARC courtesy of the publisher through netgalley...more
I really love Jayne Ann Krentz's paranormal series that she writes as Jayne Castle, but a lot of her stand-alones and romReview posted on Got Fiction?
I really love Jayne Ann Krentz's paranormal series that she writes as Jayne Castle, but a lot of her stand-alones and romantic suspenses fall flat for me. It's not that I don't like them. I think it's more along the lines as I just don't love them.
This one has an interesting suspense plot, and some parts I didn't see coming, but Madeline really bothered me.
The beginning shows us what happened to Madeline and Daphne when they were younger, it's bad. And it causes Madeline and her grandmother to move away from the island they lived on, and it caused Daphne and her mom to move away as well.
But a phone call brings them back to the island, and back together. Their dark secret has kept them apart, but it's time to find out exactly what's going on, and why it's all coming up now.
Quick version, they are brought back because the caretaker of the old hotel Madeline's grandmother owned has called. While she's there, someone kills him, attacks her, and leaves her worried for Daphne. She calls in Jack, the owner of her company's security firm, so at least she isn't stupid. And the two of them begin to worry that this is bigger than they'd thought, and perhaps her grandmother's death hadn't been an accident either.
I can't say why I didn't love this, other than it seemed unrealistic. Not at first, the beginning and the first half were both interesting, and intriguing. But, with the hero being a former FBI profiler who started his own security business, his backstory seemed unnecessary and the fact that he left Madeline and Daphne with his parents but assumed the bad guys were gone seemed to be amateur hour.
The ending really killed it for me. Instead of finding the twist and turn exciting, I found myself annoyed. Like, seriously? That's where you went with that? It was too convoluted to make sense. I am absolutely willing to suspend belief for romance novels, but this was just ridiculous. This person is the bad guy, oh wait, he's not. Well, he was a bad guy, but not the main one. But that person over there? He's also the bad guy, and so is she...it was like Oprah.
You get to be a bad guy, You get to be a bad guy, everybody gets to be the bad guy!
It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't great is all. I liked it, but I think the pyromaniac sociopathic brother was a great villain, and way too conveniently dealt with. I think the actual villain(s) made the book less than it could have been.
Reading this hot on the heels of Sarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken, I feel like I picked the right choice. It's a fun aReview posted on Got Fiction?
Reading this hot on the heels of Sarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken, I feel like I picked the right choice. It's a fun and funny chaser. While MacLean went with a plot along the lines of "What if they had TMZ in the Regency era?" Rodale entitles this series Keeping Up With the Cavendishes. So while they have a similar concept, both books are completely different, and both are completely wonderful in their own rights.
This book is for fans of Bridget Jones' Diary with a little Mean Girls thrown in. As much as you'd enjoy the book whether you've seen it or not, you'll get more out of it if you've watched the movie.
Bridget's family has just come to London from America to take over one of the oldest titles in the country, and many of the ton don't like it. The legend states that Bridget's father, who was brother to the Duke of Durham, stole the duke's prize horse and left for America where he married his love and began a successful horse breeding business. Bridget, her brother the new duke, and her sisters are at the point where they haven't fully decided to stay in England, but they feel that they need to give it a shot. Bridget especially, since she feels as if she never fit in back home. But she doesn't fit in with the ton either.
Colin Wright, Lord Darcy, is the very epitome of an English gentleman. He has perfected that bored, disdainful look we read about, and he is simply aghast at the Durham title passing to Americans, no matter that their father was raised in England and the duke's brother. When Bridget falls at a ball, he and his brother are there, and he's both surprised and flummoxed that she jokes about it. She isn't what he expected. And that bothers him. He has no room in his life for fun and funny women. He has a lady he's pretty much expected to propose to, and she's the perfect lady. But maybe he doesn't need perfect?
Now, even though I liked this, and truly enjoyed the majority of it, some parts bothered me. Lady Bridget behaved like a teenager for a good portion of this book. And she's too old for that. The "on Wednesdays we wear pink" thing gave me a little smile, and as far as the mean girls Bridget takes up with to ensure her popularity level, I didn't mind that. There are mean girls at all ages, not just high school, so I get it. But it took up way too much of the book. She stopped being herself, and instead became a mean girl too. Not for a short bit, but for a good majority of the book. I didn't like how immaturely they behaved. At that point this did feel like high school, not a lady in her twenties. I stopped liking Bridget.
And of course, as the title, and the movie, state, Bridget has a diary. And she fills her diary with all sorts of things. Every sort of thing. And then someone steals the diary. And blackmails her with it. But not for money, oh no, she's blackmailed for something far more precious to her.
I like this author, and I enjoyed this book, and I really enjoyed Darcy falling for Bridget. The frenemy/mean girls aspect was the only thing I didn't really care for. I really look forward to the next in the series, though, and I hope her brother gets a book. I really liked Bridget's brother.
The best thing I can say about this book is that it made me go read older Maya Rodale books. I mean, I was so into the delightful world she's created, that I didn't want to leave! I'm so happy when I find an author with an extensive backlist!
So while Bridget bothered me when she turned into one of the mean girls she so despised, it didn't ruin the book for me, and I am definitely excited to read the next book in the Cavendish series.
What a fun novella! I was so happy to go back to Spindle Cove in this one!
Nora is on her way to speak at a library in SpiReview posted on Got Fiction?
What a fun novella! I was so happy to go back to Spindle Cove in this one!
Nora is on her way to speak at a library in Spindle Cove, when her carriage leaves without her. The only carriage available already has an occupant. Luckily he doesn't mind her joining him, but what she instantly notices is that he's Lord Dashwood, the man who once held her heart. Praying he won't notice her, she slides in and keeps her head turned. But of course he knows who she is.
When the man she loved walked out on her, she did what every girl does; had some sherry. She had too much to drink, and she wrote about what Lord Dashwood missed out on by leaving her. Changing his name a teensy bit to Lord Ashwood, you know, just in case he ever heard about her essay. Her essay which is totally not about him, at all. Well, her little essay became a bit famous, so she turned it into a pamphlet, and next thing she knew, every young lady read about it.
Lord Dashwood, for his part, has become a cartographer and has been mapping the world. And when he came home, he heard about a little pamphlet written by none other than the woman he left behind. And boy does he come off looking bad.
When their carriage gets stuck in the snow, they find shelter to wait out the blizzard, and he tells her that she's been besmirching his good name. He gives her one night, this night, to prove to him that she isn't lying, and he really did miss out. But he wants to know, what exactly did he miss out on?
Meanwhile, we get to see some old friends from Spindle Cove, and it's so much fun. The menfolk have to go out into the blizzard to find this poor woman who is supposed to speak at the library. But they find trouble, instead. Collin always has the best lines, and the scarves crack me up (you'll have to read to find out!).
Just as we think Nora and Dash will have their happy ending, the guys from Spindle Cove finally find them. Let's just say it doesn't go the way one would think. This was fun, and such a reminder of everything I love about Tessa Dare.
I really like this series. In this novella, we meet Ryan and Holly, who were foster siblings. Holly wants to throw theirReview posted on Got Fiction?
I really like this series. In this novella, we meet Ryan and Holly, who were foster siblings. Holly wants to throw their foster parents a Christmas party, but she needs Ryan’s help. Ryan who she’s had a crush on for years, but was her foster brother at one point so he’s off limits…right?
Ryan for his part, is a big, hermity, grinch. He lives on his boat, and rarely interacts with the outside world. Until Holly makes him. He knows this party means a lot to her, and it will mean a lot to their foster parents. But he doesn’t really think of Holly as a sister. And that makes it hard.
Once upon a teenage time, they’d had a moment. You know, a MOMENT. But Ryan knew it was wrong, and he left shortly after. Holly spent some time pining away, but she sucked it up and moved on, sort of. But now, with the sexual tension running high, and lots of time spent together, they’re each having trouble remembering why this would be a bad idea.
I’ve really enjoyed Maisey Yates’ books, and this Copper Ridge series especially. A Christmas novella is always fun, but this was really cute. With typical Maisey Yates humor, this sweet romance manages to be both sexy and fun. Grab it now, you’ll really enjoy it....more
I read this one for the Meredith Duran story, but ended up loving all of the stories!
The Heiress and the Hothead by SabriReview posted on Got Fiction?
I read this one for the Meredith Duran story, but ended up loving all of the stories!
The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries -3 stars
This was my least favorite, but only because of a couple things.The hero has been reporting on the substandard work conditions in the mills. He's riled some people, but being a second son, his brother wants him to be more respectable. So when he is invited to stay through Christmas with friends and family, he isn't thrilled. But the American mill owner and heiress he's been wanting to expose for being just as bad as the local ones will be there. So he can't say no.
But she's not that bad. And she's beautiful, and kind, and makes his man bits tingle ;)
I was really into it, until at one point the mill is on fire, and they're trapped, so of course, she's all "Take me I'm yours!" I mean, seriously. A raging inferno is tearing through a cotton mill, and both know those kind of fires rage out of control. But, you know, priorities.
Twelve Kisses by Karen Hawkins-5 stars
I think this ended up being my favorite. A proud Highlander, and his former fiancee get caught in a blizzard, and at one point the heroine actually draws a line down the middle of the cottage pronouncing one side hers, and the other his.
The best part about this story is that the heroine is willing to admit that they were young, and they both were wrong. There's no real Big Misunderstanding. It really is just anger, hurt, and pride keeping them from being together. I loved it, and I loved the ending.
By Any Other Name by Candace Camp-4 stars
This was a sweet romance. Don't get me wrong, there were some steamy parts! But the actual plot and romance were very sweet. The heroine is sneaking out of her house, dressed as a man, and her plan is to go find her brother. He's stormed off after a fight with their father, and Rylla is worried about him.
But at a gaming hell, she is mugged and stabbed. The man who she couldn't keep her eyes off comes to her rescue and finds out she's a woman. She refuses to tell him who she is though, and runs off. Romance and hijinks occur, and to be honest, I liked it a lot.
Sweet Ruin* by Meredith Duran-5 stars
*This story was originally called "Sweet Ruin," but has been changed to "Sweetest Regret." I used "Sweet Ruin" since that's what my copy has.
I loved this story. The short blurb doesn't even do this one justice. The heroine's father is a British diplomat, and he's rushing out on a Christmas party at his own home to help with a crisis. He leaves his daughter Georgie in charge, and says that he thinks someone at the party has stolen some documents from him. She must find them, it's of utmost importance.
But he also has his subordinate Lucas coming in to help. The problem is that Lucas and Georgie have a past. And her father knows this.
Can they find who took the documents without tearing each other apart? Or will being stuck together dredge up their past?
As interesting as this plot is, this book just reassured me that I'm not a Feehan fan. This book is a nope! DNF
Sigh. Yet another Feehan book I can't finish. This time, it's because the bad guys are experimenting on infants. But it's not just in the background, it's a huge part of the plot, and it's too much for me. That's my hard line. I have a baby at home, and all I can do is keep imagining her in place of the baby that Pepper is protecting. It's too much for me.
The plot itself is interesting, although it feels less like a PNR, and much more like a Thriller. I used to be a huge horror and thriller fan back in middle school and high school, but I just can't read it anymore. This book felt like it would just be too hard to read.
So, I DNF'd yet another Christine Feehan book. Her men have consent issues anyway, so I may not have liked it to begin with.
From other reviews I've read, this is a typical Ghostwalkers book, so take that for what it's worth.
I think I'm giving up on Feehan.
Luckily she's popular enough that there are so many reviews out there, that you can find five stars no problem. For me, babies being experimented on and then thrown out like garbage is a hard line. I'm done.
This box set is quite the mix. You have 6 very different, very dark, stories.
At the beginning, it tells you what ParanormReview posted on Got Fiction?
This box set is quite the mix. You have 6 very different, very dark, stories.
At the beginning, it tells you what Paranormal Noir is. I thought after reading the first two stories that I had it pegged. But the next four are nothing like the first couple. What I mean is that I thought of Film Noir, like those old black and white detective shows. You know, you've got a hardened Private Eye who is hired by a sultry lady, but it's gritty and dark. The first two fit that well, The next four were all over the map, so I guess I didn't quite catch what Paranormal Noir is. Maybe just a dark Paranormal?
Marion Missing by Rachel Caine- 3.5 stars
This was interesting. Taking place decades ago, a cynical PI is hired by his former partner, a ghost, to help solve her murder. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it caught and held my attention, and had an ending I didn't see coming.
Femme Fatale by Cynthia Eden- 5 stars
It's no secret I love Cynthia Eden. This story has a hardened detective hired by a beautiful woman who just happens to be a vampire. This story takes place in the here and now, and was full of the typical Cynthia Eden brand of suspense meets romance for a true paranormal romantic suspense.
Dance With the Devil by Megan Hart-2 stars
I hated this story. Seriously. BUT that being said, it's really well-written, I'd expect no less from Ms. Hart. And it's definitely dark and paranormal. Kathleen sold her soul to the devil, and the things she's done for him! She hates him, but hates herself even more. Until she meets someone who knows what she's going through. I hated the heroine, hated the story, and even though I swore I'd DNF it, it pulled me back. Hart's writing is addictive like that.
The Consort by Suzanne Johnson-5 stars
I've never read this author before,and I loved this story so much, I instantly clicked over to her website only to find, that while her other books sound interesting, they're UF, not necessarily Romance. I still bought the first book in the series, but I really wanted more in this world she created. With a fae hunter who's tasked to bring back the lovely consort to a prince, what happens when he falls for her?
Heart's Blood by Jeffe Kennedy-1 star
Wow, I hated this story. I read somewhere that this was a retelling of the fairy tale "The Goose Girl." I looked it up, and sure enough it is. But the heroine in this story is so weak, and I know it makes sense, and I won't spoil the part that had me nearly throw my Nook across the room, but I hated her. I know not every heroine can be badass, and I truly don't mind a damsel in distress. In fact I like watching a hero save his heroine. But I hated the hero, hated the heroine, and felt that the ending of the villain should've been more, well, just more. It wasn't enough.
The Djinn in the Mirror by Mina Khan- DNF
I feel this is an unfair review because I didn't finish it, but after 2 such awful stories, when this turned out to not be to my taste, I gave up. No rating. Other reviews have said it's a lush world full of great storytelling, so take that for what it's worth.
This was a new take on pretending to be a maid in a duke's household. Our duke has had his foundation rocked, and his solReview posted on Got Fiction?
This was a new take on pretending to be a maid in a duke's household. Our duke has had his foundation rocked, and his solution is to shut down, and shut the world out. He drinks and shouts at his staff to leave him alone. And they do. So when he's in need of a housekeeper, and Olivia is in dire need of a way in to steal some papers from him, everything falls into place.
But this hot-tempered and bossy housekeeper of his won't leave him alone. She insists on cleaning his rooms, straightening up, ordering him to bathe. She's insufferable. And she's really pretty when she's angry with him.
Olivia has come to the Duke of Marwick's residence in hopes that they'll hire her on as a maid. She's got more than she's bargained for when she's taken on as the housekeeper. She needs to get some letters from him, but she can't search his rooms if he never leaves them. So she starts standing up to him, when no one else has. She forces him to get his act together, and in the process begins to like him.
And he begins to like her.
But she still needs those papers.
This was absolutely a 5 star book. I've loved every book in this series, but this was my favorite so far. Olivia is a kickass heroine, and Alastair is a broken man who realizes that he isn't his mistakes. He's more than that. And he doesn't have to hide anymore.
I've been really caught up in the Rules for the Reckless series, so I bougReview posted on Got Fiction?
Wow, there's a lot packed into this novella!
I've been really caught up in the Rules for the Reckless series, so I bought this novella the other day. It starts off in a very intriguing fashion.
Miss Amanda Thomas is waiting for the Viscount Ripton at the church where they're to be married. But he never shows. Worried something has happened to him, she rushes to the hotel where he's staying (I believe they're in Turkey-she's a secretary for an older woman who is writing her memoirs). When she confronts the concierge, she notices another man arguing with him. In fact there's a group of men who completely stop and stare as she mentions the viscount's name.
Apparently her fiance is not the Viscount Ripton.
The man with the dark piercing stare, who won't stop glaring at her, is the actual Viscount Ripton.
Spence is supposed to be hunting down one of his flighty relatives. A cousin named Charles, when he finds out someone is using his identification and pretending to be the Viscount, so as to use the Ripton money. Chasing both the thief and his cousin prove exhausting, until the little blonde angel in front of him mentions she's looking for him.
But once she describes his cousin as the impostor viscount, Spence realizes she must have pulled a con to get the money. his poor silly cousin would never do something this crazy. So Spence takes the little con artist with him to the docks to look for his cousin. They find out he set sail for England that afternoon, so he books passage for both himself, and his thief. A thief who happens to have his cousin's ring.
Amanda is no thief, but how to convince Spence? Obviously he is mistaken, and her fiance is not a liar. But if he isn't a liar, why did he leave her at the altar?
During the course of their voyage, Spence begins to actually like Amanda, and finds out she was only marrying his cousin out of convenience and fondness. Not love.
But even as he's falling in love with Amanda, he realizes he's treated her abominably. But Amanda is falling in love with Spence, too, and after an amazing night, his cousin shows up at the door...and blows open the fact that Spence knew they were tracking his cousin, not just some random impersonator.
Amanda is heartbroken. And knows that she's been an utter fool. The next couple days on the ship are awful studies of silence and sadness. And yet the ending is sweet, and wonderful and satisfying.
I highly recommend this series, and while you can absolutely read as stand-alones, each book has been soo good, you will want to read each one!
I can't believe none of you have ever told me about this author before! Who else should I be reading that I haven't yet?
I read this one a while back, and I remember enjoying it. It looks like Avon is giving it a brand new cover and re-issuinReview posted on Got Fiction?
I read this one a while back, and I remember enjoying it. It looks like Avon is giving it a brand new cover and re-issuing it November.
Rosamunde is the daughter of the king, the bastard daughter. But he likes her and provides for her. She is raised in a convent, and then one day her father tells her that she has to marry one of his knights, Aric. The problem is that she has been raised in a convent, and instead of becoming a Bride of Christ, she's now becoming a bride to a flesh and blood man.
Aric for his part, has found his fiancee with another man, so he's vowed never to marry...until King Henry declares otherwise. We have an unwilling bride and groom, neither of whom knows what to expect! Especially with the king acting so out of character.
There's a funny scene with the Reverend Mother trying to prepare her for the wedding night, and a cucumber may have been used as a euphemism ;) This scene stuck with me for so long that when we at Got Fiction? used to be called Demon Lover's Books & More, we named an award the Golden Cucumber.
The bedding scene is just hysterical and over the top, in true Sands style. Rosamunde is following the advice of a nun, who compared the bedding to that of a bull. So Aric is trying to figure out how to handle his very willing, but very wrong new wife, when her father the king starts banging on the door bellowing to hurry up already! Oh but this scene was ridiculous! I about died of laughter. This was by far the funniest scene in the book, and I couldn't stop giggling.
I will say that Lynsay Sands has a specific sense of humor that seems just a little too silly for me. I find her books predictable, BUT that being said, I do feel that it's sort of why people go back. Her books always offer the reader a comfortable experience. When you pick up Lynsay Sands book, you know what you're going to get. Many people want that, and Lynsay Sands delivers.