Today is World Literacy Day and I bought this book at m...more This was written by my 9 year old daughter and it's posted on her blog KK's Books and Reviews
Today is World Literacy Day and I bought this book at my school Book Fair.
It's really funny because Kitty is hilarious. This time the author was in it. Nick Bruel got scratched up by Kitty. On my favorite page he's like AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
Nick Bruel made Kitty fat, and made her eat turnips, and he was like "You have to eat a better diet, Kitty."
Then he wrote 3 stories about her that were fake and they were to show Kitty that she had to eat better. At the end of the book is a turnip recipe that says kids better have an adult supervising. Maybe because it'll explode? I don't know but my mom says we can cook a turnip with that recipe this week.
She sees the dead, and he’s a detective trying to salvage his career. So when she falls in through his window one night courtesy of a ghost, how can she explain to him what’s going on?
Jules is leaving a costume party when a ghost drags her into its, er, afterlife. This ghost is screeching inside her head to help her. When Jules ignores her, and instead begins to climb the fire escape into her apartment (since she lost her keys) the ghost directs her to go through the open window of Detective Seth English. Jules doesn’t realize the ghost is pushing her along until she comes to inside Seth’s apartment. And Seth thinks she’s a hooker who’s trying to do a little breaking and entering.
The mistake is rectified pretty quickly, which was nice, but it was still pretty funny to read. I’d say that this was a fun story. She starts calling for Big Jim, who Seth thinks is her pimp, but really it’s the nickname she’s given her foster dad/adoptive father. This whole scene was great. And it sets the tone for the whole story.
Jules is mixed up in solving the ghost’s murder and trying to stay out of Seth’s way. . .and his investigation. She can’t just tell the hot detective that she sees dead people, now can she? And while she doesn’t want to help the ghost out (she’s been trying to ignore and avoid them for as long as she can remember) the ghost girl doesn’t really give her a choice. Jules helps as best as she can. Unfortunately that makes her both a suspect to the police, and a target for the real bad guys.
I think the last quarter of the book was really exciting, I only wish that there had been more interaction with the ghost. I’d say this reads more as a romantic suspense with ghosts, rather than a true paranormal romance, but it works. The sense of humor and the mystery make for not just an interesting read, but a fun read too.
This book has all the makings of being fun, and while it had its funny and light moments, it didn’t do it for me. While the beginning was fun and entertaining, I found it all too easy to put down.
Basically, Livvy has just inherited a huge manor house, money, property, everything from her grandmother. But this is the same woman who never gave Livvy a single scrap of attention. Livvy’s mother got knocked up with the Martinson’s only son, the heir to the kingdom, so to speak, and instead of taking her anger out on her son, Merriweather Martinson took it out on Livvy. But she also took care of Livvy. She took her from her mom (who was an angry bitter addict), at age 5 and had Livvy put in a boarding school.
This is where Livvy gets the chip on her shoulder from. And it’s big. Huge. She not only hates her grandmother, but anything to do with the family. So when she finds out that in order to obtain her inheritance, she has to go on a scavenger hunt, she’s not thrilled. She feels that Merriweather is messing with her from beyond the grave just to be a jerk. It isn’t until the end that she sees the real reasons.
Sean, for his part, flips houses. Well, technically he flips B&Bs, and he’s heavily invested in the Martinson estate. Merriweather had gotten everything ready to sell, but it was only on the condition that Livvy didn’t fulfill her end of the scavenger hunt. But Sean didn’t know that.
He’s lost a bet and has to help his sister’s maid service by cleaning the Martinson estate-he’s thrilled because he wants the property, so it seems like fate. Until he meets Livvy. And all of her animals. Then fate shows him another direction. Does he sabotage her scavenger hunt, or does he help her?
The animals drove me nuts, Sean was a good hero, but by the end, Livvy still didn’t know he had severe dyslexia, which was integral to the plot, so I feel he should have said something to her. They spent more time repetitively lusting after each other that I got annoyed. It wasn’t fun after a while,it didn’t help build sexual tension, it just kept interrupting the flow. And Sean should have told Livvy all sorts of things. He’d say I’m going to tell her when I get back. And then he wouldn’t. Got annoying.
For someone who’s a real contemporary fan, or who likes zany antics and lots of animals causing those antics, this is for you. It definitely wasn’t for me.
I will say that I like the idea of the guys losing the bet and having to work as maids for their sister. It’s a fun idea, and I think I’d like to read the next in the series.
This novella is part of the Rhymes With Love series and while you can tell by the mention of other characters and couples that it’s part of a series, it can be read just fine as a stand-alone.
It’s different than most Historical Romances you read today. Henrietta has been married. Three times. And not one of those times to the hero. But not for lack of trying. These two met early on and tried to elope, but something happened that prevented their marriage. With a sort of Hatfields/McCoys rivalry between the families, it’s not surprising. But fate keeps throwing these two people together.
Crispin is hurt. Henrietta is hurt. Neither one of them is very nice to the other at the beginning, but that changes as their story unfolds.
Basically, the two get locked in a wine cellar together, but that’s not really the plot. The plot is told through both flashbacks and current points of view, and we get a clearer image of why and how they never got together.
My only complaint is that they went through a lot, and I mean a LOT to get their happy ending, yet their ending is sort of implied. With the many other times they tried to marry, I really think that their marriage should have been shown in the story. Otherwise I feel it looks like it might not happen again.
It’s an interesting way to tell a story, and I will say that I’m glad it’s a novella as I’m not sure I would enjoy 400 pages of the back and forth, but I liked the way it flowed. We see how Crispin and Henrietta met and fell in love, and yet somehow never came together. And it works.
Kate Evans takes care of everyone in her life. She may not live at home, but every morning before work, she runs to her father’s house, gets her teenage sister and 8 year old brother ready for school, she even takes care of her ex, who is also her boss and best friend.
But the big question is, when will Kate take care of herself?
Her other best friend, Holly, is getting married and Kate is in the wedding. She is blind-sided when Holly’s brother Griffin shows up because he made no bones about the fact that he wanted out of Sunshine, Idaho and he never looked back.
But Griffin isn’t the same punk-ass kid who hated the small-town life. He’s just left the military, and is recovering from an IED explosion. He’s back for Holly’s wedding, but that’s it. He has no desire to stay in Podunk-ville, Idaho at all. Until he sees Kate again.
He knows he makes her nervous because she spouts random scientific facts every time he’s nearby. He also knows she’s had a crush on him since they were in school together, and he knows he can do nothing about it.
But no one told Kate. She seems to throw herself at him at every opportunity (which is hysterical!)
Kate is an endearing, sweet, and geeky heroine who anyone can identify with. I swear if you swap the scientific facts for endless babble, you’d have me. LOL
Kate and Griffin have a sweet and sexy romance that seems to be going along really well until the end. Something happens that no one could see coming, and while Kate seems to move on pretty quickly, Grif bails. To him, everything has changed, and not for the better.
With a fun and self-deprecating sense of humor, this book was an easy read with likeable characters. The cast of side characters was well-drawn and I want to read about them! Anyone who enjoys small-town romance or ex-military heroes will love Rumor Has It.
***ARC courtesy of Berkley Contemporary Romance(less)
In this installment of Vonda Sinclair’s Highland Adventures series, we see Torrin and Jessie’s story.
Torrin MacLeod is on his way to see Lady Jessie,...moreIn this installment of Vonda Sinclair’s Highland Adventures series, we see Torrin and Jessie’s story.
Torrin MacLeod is on his way to see Lady Jessie, to propose. Again. He met her 7 months ago and fell in love. But Jessie is having none of it. She’d been handfasted to Gregor MacBain in a trial marriage and it didn’t end well. She was returned. So she’s pretty much over men. But when Torrin meets her first husband on the way to see her, he’s instantly suspicious. MacGregor wants Jessie back, and he won’t let Torrin, or Jessie, get in his way.
Jessie has her own reasons for saying no to Torrin, and it’s not just because she had been in a bad marriage. She believes she saw Torrin kill her foster brother when she was a teen. She has heard rumors of this man, and she sees how he carries himself. He’s dangerous, he’s a warrior, and she has seen firsthand just how deadly he can be.
Torrin knows Jessie is leery of him, but what he doesn’t know is why. He can’t get her out of his head. Unfortunately MacBain, the man who used her and returned her, is constantly getting in his way. Torrin sets himself up as her protector until her brother returns, because not only is MacBain a threat, but there is another storm brewing. McMurdo, a mercenary who we’ve seen from other stories, is still stalking the woods, and some threats are closer to home than they think.
I like how hard Torrin worked to win Jessie’s heart, he quickly learned not to take anything for granted, and he tried his hardest to show Jessie that he was in it for the long haul. I totally understand why Jessie couldn’t put her faith in Torrin at first, but oh I just wanted to shake her at one point and tell her to wake up! He really loves you and doesn’t care about the big thing I can’t say for fear of spoiling ; )
I love how this series has been going. This author bravely pits brother against brother, and sometimes brother against sister.Starting off with a bang, My Notorious Highlander delivers a seductive and suspenseful story packed with vivid description and likeable characters. I highly recommend this series for all Scottish Romance lovers, and all Historical Romance lovers.
First impression: I think this was the Innkeeper on their site but now it's called Clean Sweep. I loved it. Ilona Andrews' writing never fails to catc...moreFirst impression: I think this was the Innkeeper on their site but now it's called Clean Sweep. I loved it. Ilona Andrews' writing never fails to catch me up in their words. Whatever world I'm reading, I end up thinking about it for days after I'm done reading. This was no different. Review:
Quick background: For a while there, all my book buddies were talking about this series called the Kate Daniels series. I wasn’t too into Urban Fantasy so I just sort of ignored them. But last year I flipped through to see what all the fuss was about. I fell in love. So I read everything that they have ever written. Right now there is an Ilona Andrews shaped hole in my life, and when I saw that they have a new book out, I was stoked! And guess what? It’s illustrated!
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Clean Sweep for review.
Many of you already are huge Ilona Andrews fans, so you know of a free serial called The Innkeeper they were posting on their website. Clean Sweep is The Innkeeper but better. This is an illustrated and fantastic UF that left me both completely satisfied and wanting more. How is that possible, you ask? I’ll tell you!
I was in desperate need of something to love. I’ve had a good run of “meh” books. This satisfied my desire for something as amazing as Kate Daniels, but left me wanting more because it isn’t over (no cliffie, just you can tell there’s more of this story to tell).
Dina is an Innkeeper, and I don’t just mean like she manages a Motel 6. She has an Inn with a capitol I-basically a Victorian mansion that is a B&B. . .but it has a life of its own. Lately, there have been some neighborhood dogs that have been mauled. Her first thought is that there’s a werewolf doing this to start something with Sean, her local neighborhood werewolf. When she tells him to take care of the rogue wolf doing the killings, he plays dumb. Humans aren’t supposed to know about werewolves, but what he doesn’t know is that Dina is no ordinary human. She’s an Innkeeper who comes from Innkeeper parents. But she later catches him marking his territory on the trees around her Inn.
Innkeepers are neutral territory in the universe. Yes, universe, because there are so many other worlds and peoples out there. Their small Texas town is about to become a hot spot for paranormal activity.
Because she’s supposed to be neutral, she should just leave Sean to it, and his peeing on trees. But she knows that this is only going to escalate. She does what she thinks is right, and in doing so compromises her neutrality. . .or does she?
She and Sean team up to end the killings, but it isn’t just about them. Pretty soon vampires are involved, and Dina is suddenly looking at hosting paranormals in her Inn. Her magic and that of the Inn are connected and depend on having guests. By the end of this, it looks like her Inn will specialize in hosting paranormals, which can only make for some interesting stories. I, for one, can’t wait for another Innkeeper book!
If you are looking for an amazing story, something new and fresh in the world of Urban Fantasy, you should read Clean Sweep ASAP. You won’t regret it.
This was kind of predictable in the sense that all of her PNR trilogies are very similar, but that's sort of why I bought it. I loved the Key Trilogy,...moreThis was kind of predictable in the sense that all of her PNR trilogies are very similar, but that's sort of why I bought it. I loved the Key Trilogy, the Circle Trilogy, and the Three Sisters Island Trilogy, and this was close enough that it was what I wanted.
That being said, it was slower than the others, and it wasn't quite as good or exciting as the others, but I still loved the backstory (and the first couple chapters that set it up), and I'm just as interested in the next book.
I really liked this book. You do have to suspend belief for the Fortune Games, and the dialogue was very modern, but I still had a great time reading it.
Lady Emma and her friends are drinking one night, lamenting the fact that they are still unwed and beginning their fourth Season. Emma meanwhile, has a boy (Benedict) who’s been courting her these past three Seasons. He and she have discussed their future life in detail, and yet he hasn’t proposed. So they think it would be a great idea to just write the engagement announcement and send it to the paper. But Emma’s friends feel that if they’re going to force an engagement for Emma, that it ought to be a better catch than Benedict. So they write in Blake, the Duke of Ashbrooke, the most eligible and handsome man there is. But the letter actually gets sent in to the paper, and that very week, Emma and Blake are announced as engaged.
Imagine Blake’s surprise at being engaged without having met the girl, let alone proposed to her. But he’s in the midst of trying to mend his reputation, so he thinks, what the hey, keep the engagement for a short while, and let the girl jilt him. This way he’s seen as being stable and dependable, and if she jilts him, she gets attention and reputation won’t suffer.
Meanwhile, his batty old aunt is throwing her annual Fortune Games. This is her way of deciding who inherits her estate. Every year she hosts the Fortune Games, and whoever wins, she names her heir, Until the next year. Basically Blake’s family is full of fortune hunters who are waiting for the old broad to die so they can inherit. But it’s fun, and funny.
I can see how this might not be realistic to the time as it would fit more in with today’s reality shows than a Regency family gathering, but it was still fun to read.
Blake and Emma begin to fall in love with each other, but even though Blake is trying to show Emma that he loves her, she doesn’t think for a minute that she can keep his interest beyond the week. But their romance is sweet and I loved it. Until Emma remembered Benedict (whose ending wasn’t quite what I expected and I can say I didn’t care for it). Other than that, I thought this story was great.
As my first Maya Rodale book, it was a definite win! I plan on continuing this series, to which by the way, she is writing a partner book as a Contemporary Romance called The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement.
A rollicking good time full of romance and fun, Maya Rodale’s The Wicked Wallflower was a great read.
***ARC provided by Avon Books and Avon Addicts (less)
I love insta-lust/love-at-first-sight plots, and we all know I love a good alpha hero, I even dig on those less-popular alphahole heroes. But this book’s hero rubbed me the wrong way. Actually a few things about this book bugged me. The first thing that bothered me is that the whole first few chapters are told from the perspective of Rusty, not the heroine. I know she’s a part of the Kelly family, and for KGI fans, this may not bother you the way it did me, but I was incredibly confused when I realized the hero was her brother (not by blood, but she was adopted into the family). It took me a few minutes to realize that she wasn’t his heroine (THANK GOODNESS!). Oh and the blurb doesn’t mention the heroine’s name, so it’s an easy mistake to make! But it was confusing to say the least.
Moving on, because that really wasn’t a big deal, it just bugged me. The hero Donovan goes with his sister Rusty to check up on a kid who she hired at their dad’s store. They know he’s got a lot on his plate taking care of his 2 sisters, they can tell he’s in trouble and they know he won’t talk about what’s going on. When Donovan sees this kid’s broken down trailer and how they’re living, he’s furious. But when he looks into the eyes of Travis’ big sister Eve, he knows she’s the one. She’s it for him. And he’ll do anything he can to have her.
That’s actually not bad for me, as I said, I like love-at-first-sight plots. What I didn’t like was how he instantly was talking family. He was ready to move Eve and her little sister and brother in and adopt them. Every other word in the story was “his family.” I think if this had been any other author, Donovan would have been a hard sell for me. I mean he’s the nice guy, the good guy, and he was pushing Eve instantly.
A thunderstorm swept through their area and a tornado demolished the trailer they were staying in, so Donovan instantly brought them to live with him. Okay, I can handle that too, I’ve read and loved far less believable fated mate stories before. But…as a reader, I have a hard time believing she fell in love with him. She really just seemed super grateful, and sleeping with him so quickly, especially after everything she’d been through really ruined the book for me. I wanted love to have a chance to bloom, I wanted romance. This is why it was so easy to believe the worst when Eve overhears Donovan say something to his brothers and friends.
If I could have him be less pushy about moving her in and marking her as his (through sex of course), I really think this book could have been a favorite of mine. The actual plot was good, the ending was tense, and I like the whole concept. But there was very little suspense in this book, which is part of a well-known romantic suspense series, and Donovan just really pushed Eve, even knowing what she’d been through.
The good parts though, come in the form of the plot, the side characters, and Eve’s brother and sister. I like the KGI series (I haven’ tread all of them, just 1 or 2), and I know I will still read them, and many other books by Ms. Banks, but this book really just…confused me. I mean, I honestly can’t rate it a 2 star because I was glued to the pages, but I can’t rate it a 4 or 5 because of Donovan. But the writing was good, and the storyline was good. I think I’ll give it a 3 because I did like the plot and I refuse to let one character ruin a good book!
Cynthia Eden's knack for writing dark heroes who straddle the line of good guy/bad guy really shines through here.
It's Christmas Eve, and Ben is out hunting. he's a vampire with a vigilante streak. But he's no hero, in fact someone pulled some major strings to give him one last chance to change. If he kills this night, his soul will be lost.
Embarking on a Dickensonian journey of redemption, we see Ben from both before and after he was turned. And we see that maybe the darkness was inside him before he was turned.
Only one person ever saw the real Ben, and she's dead.
Or is she?
At one point Simone tells him, "You're so busy punishing the world," she told him, her heart aching, "that you forget you can save it."
And when she reminds him of just who he can be, you'd think he'd see the light and change, but not every story has a happy ending. It takes a huge sacrifice, and a tragic ending for Ben to change. The big question is, will it be too late?
With a dark, gritty world, and an anti-hero to die for, Cynthia Eden uses her talent to the fullest. Sometimes the best endings aren't always perfect.(less)
Oh wow! A ginger, blacksmith, shy, virgin hero? I’m so in!
This novella may be a part of Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, but it works well on its own. And I really loved it.
Aidan Evernight is betrothed to Luella Ballyloch and he wants none of it. But he decides that it’s probably for the best for reasons only hinted at. However Aidan can’t read or write so he goes to his younger brother Eamon and asks for him to read him the letter his new fiancée has sent him. Unfortunately she doesn’t want to marry him. So Aidan begs Eamon to write to her and change her mind.
For the next few years Luella and Eamon write back and forth. And fall in love. But Lu believes she’s writing to Aidan, and Eamon knows this will end in sorrow and longing for himself. When Lu comes to Ireland from Scotland to marry her love Aidan, she doesn’t understand his cold welcome. Nor does she understand her warm feelings for his tall ginger-haired brother.
Eamon was hated by his father, and the only joys he knows are in his smithy, for he’s a blacksmith, and his letters from Lu. But he knows it can never be. Not only is she meant for his brother, she’d never want a hulking, red-haired brute who is whispered about in the village. Oh did I mention? This is an Historical Paranormal Romance. Eamon has another secret (that I won’t spoil).
But he isn’t the only one with secrets. Lu has one of her own, and boy is it a doozy. I never saw it coming, but once I read it, it made complete sense. She slowly falls in love with Eamon while not understanding why Aidan is so distant. Until she realizes why he’s so different from the Aidan of the letters.
This is such a great story with a shy hero who you can’t help but love. I won’t tell you what happens, but what can you do when you’re in love with one brother, but promised to the other?
***ARC courtesy of Forever Romance via netgalley (less)
I met Catherine Bybee this summer when each of us had a book up for the RONE award, and let me just say, she's hysterical. now I've read the first boo...moreI met Catherine Bybee this summer when each of us had a book up for the RONE award, and let me just say, she's hysterical. now I've read the first book in this series called Binding Vows and I liked it, so I definitely wanted to read this one. Plus, hello, time travel and Highlanders? That's my specialty ;)
Gavin Kincaid is fighting a battle in the 17th century, and his job is to protect the MacCoinnich line. He has druid powers to help him. While he's fighting, he notices a portrait of a women and not only is he drawn to her, he's incredibly curious seeing as that painting isn't in the castle in his time (2231). Once back in his time he begins searching for that painting.
Amber MacCoinnich is living in the 21st century, but she's not from our time. Her druid gift of being able to feel what everyone is feeling and thinking is slowly killing her.
Gavin is thrown back to the 21st century and finds the woman from the painting on the verge of death. Can his powers heal her? And what would be the cost?
Catherine's signature sense of humor, and intense storytelling shine through in this latest installment of the MacCoinnich Time Travels.(less)
I was goofing off on twitter the other day when I saw someone mention that this book was a lot like Cynthia Eden's PNR, and since I'm a huge Cynthia Eden fan, I immediately bought it! (By the way, it's only $.99 right now). I was so excited at the thought of a great PNR that I ignored my "blog reads" to read this one.
I'm glad I did.
Lone vampire Lyra's daughter was taken and she can't find her alone. But going back to Finn, alpha wolf and her first love, is a no-brainer. He will find her daughter. She has no doubts, even if Finn did tell her they couldn't be together anymore.
16 years before, Finn had to break up with Lyra because his alpha and uncle would use her against him. But he broke things off before Lyra could tell him she was pregnant.
Finn has no idea he's helping Lyra find his daughter, but he knows he won't let her down because once he took down his uncle and took over the pack, he never stopped looking for her.
Lyra and Finn realize the sparks are still there, and they both want to be together, but Lyra is prepared to love him from afar because once she tells him that they're really looking for their daughter,she knows he'll hate her forever.
I liked that this deals with not just reuniting lovers, but also the fact that they have a daughter. A teen daughter. And since she's a hybrid vamp/wolf, she's very unique and special. So special that someone took her to use her unique blood to open a doorway to hell.
Lyra and Finn have to sort out their feelings for each other, they have to find their daughter, and close the doorway letting out the demons. This story was a steamy one and I do agree that Cynthia Eden fans will enjoy it, but also any PNR fan who likes vampires and werewolves will want to read it too. (less)
This is the second book in the Redcakes series, and it's a got a neat storyline. This series centers on Redcakes, a cakery and tearoom. In the first b...moreThis is the second book in the Redcakes series, and it's a got a neat storyline. This series centers on Redcakes, a cakery and tearoom. In the first book we saw Hatbrook and Alys marry and take over Redcake's from her father. In this book, we see Hatbrook's brother, after learning that his father was not his real father, try to find himself.
Judah has come back from India after his mother died (which I did not see coming since I thought the gallbladder surgery had helped her). He is lost and rejecting his courtesy title of "Lord Judah" and prefers to be called Captain Shield. Hatbrook and Alys ask him to help manage the bakery while they are gone, and he accepts. So making his own way and on the road to finding himself, he finds a lovely young lady named Magdalene.
Magdalene Cross, of the Scandalous Crosses, is in a tight spot. She's nursing her sister-in-law who is at death's door, and helping out with her nephews and brother. She's still young enough to land a husband, but she never has the opportunity. Then she meets Judah.
He can help her find out about her brother who is still in India (in the last book he and Judah were both reported dead, but neither man is). They behind a mild flirtation, but both know nothing can come from it. Until he offers her a postition at Redcake's decorating cakes.
She accepts, but one thing I really liked was that she was embarrassed to be a worker. She could lose her station and her reputation if she gets caught. So many times in books, the heroine never address that issue. I liked Magdalene. She was a great heroine.
Judah and Magdalene have a slow romance, and there are some bumps along the way, but it's a satisfying end to the story. I actually want to hear about Alys' cousin, the one who makes and fixes all the machines. He's an interesting character who I wouldn't mind reading about.
If you're looking for a Victorian romance that isn't the usual balls and dukes, try the Redcakes and you won't be disappointed.
This is definitely my favorite Hannah Howell book. It features one of the many Murrays, and a lady laird. Lady Triona has been having a bit of difficulty with her neighbor Sir John since her husband died leaving her the laird. Many in her village had been ill and died, those who survived were mostly women. Her dowry was spent updating the keep, and her people were starving. The men were offered an opportunity to fight in France for money to bring home to their families, so they took it.
But it’s been almost 2 years now, and they haven’t heard back from the men, have had no money, no letters, not even wounded or dead have been sent back. Even Triona is beginning to wonder if her men really went to France. But where else could they have gone?
Triona has been doing the best she can, which is actually pretty well. She has enough food and wool, great lands, and even though her neighbor Sir John has been asking for her to marry him, really she’s been fine. Until he ups the ante. He’s had his men setting fields on fire, letting livestock loose, things to force Triona to see that she needs a man to help her and to take care of her. Triona wants to never marry again.
Enter Brett Murray. When Sir Brett Murray comes to stay for a short time with his men and his friend’s wife (who has run off in a fit of anger to stay with her distant cousin Triona), he notices immediately the lack of warriors and the noticeable amount of women and children. He decides to stay and ferret out what’s going on with this small village, and it has absolutely nothing to do with a lovely laird named Triona.
In classic Hannah Howell style, there is a small intrigue, some humor, and a sweet romance.
Any fan of the Murrays will like this addition. Any new fans who haven’t started the series but see #19 as an intimidating prospect, don’t worry, this reads really well as a stand-alone.
***ARC courtesy of Zebra and Kensington Books(less)
I love stories where the hero steals the heroine from someone she thinks she loves, so I was really excited to read this. Sadly I was disappointed.
Aud...moreI love stories where the hero steals the heroine from someone she thinks she loves, so I was really excited to read this. Sadly I was disappointed.
Audrey is the opposite of her fiery twin and her responsible dependable nature is only getting worse.
When they were younger, she and her twin played with the boy next door, and Audrey has loved him ever since. In fact she has modeled her whole life on becoming what she thinks he would love in a woman, and she thinks that it’s someone exactly like him. Kind, responsible, gentle. She suppresses her natural temper and fiery nature to become the perfect mate to Cade. What she doesn’t realize is that opposites attract.
This has never been clearer than when she takes her pop star trainwreck of a twin to Cade’s cabin instead of going to rehab again.
Cade is the same as ever; he’s cordial, kind, and a great friend. But Audrey is convinced that she will make Cade see how perfect for him she is. But his buddy Reese is there too. With a woman. A woman Audrey chases off which leads Reese to decide he’ll do everything he can to bug her. And he annoys her so much that her temper finally rears its head once again. The last time she showed any hint of fire was when she and Cade were kids and she pushed her sister into the lake for kissing Cade. Since then she’d sworn to never act like that again.
Unfortunately instead of bottling up all that fire and passion and becoming sweet and kind, she turned into a boring and bland person. At least that’s how I saw it. I think we were meant to see her as controlled, but that’s definitely not how she came off. In fact she ruined my enjoyment of the story.
Reese sees her as all buttoned up on the outside, but she lets her hair down (literally) with only him, but I saw her as controlling and bitchy. They have lots of hot sex and Reese is determined to show her that Cade is actually in love with her fiery and wild twin, but I couldn’t find any sympathy for Audrey. I hated her. I hoped Cade and Reese would find someone else and leave her in the cabin, but whatever. I guess she just really rubbed me the wrong way.
What had a lot of potential turned into a dud for me. In my opinion the heroine is unlikeable. She's not coming off as sweet and controlled but instead as bitchy and holier than thou. Sadly I didn’t like this book much, and I only recommend it if the heroine doesn’t bother you. The hero is great and the plot has a lot of potential.
This is one of the Smythe-Smith books that crosses over with the Bridgertons.
This book starts out with how Daniel came to be exiled. He dueled with his friend Hugh over cheating at cards. The whole thing, including the duel that leaves both Hugh and Daniel injured, was all a big drunken misunderstanding. But Hugh’s father lets Daniel know he blames him and will see him dead. So Daniel travels the continent for several years until one day Hugh arrives and lets him know it’s safe to come home. Hugh has finally gotten his father to agree to leave Daniel alone.
So Daniel returns to London the day of the infamous Smythe-Smith musicale was taking place, the one that was held at the end of Just Like Heaven. It’s here that he sees Anne. Anne is the governess but he doesn’t know that, he just knows that he’s got to meet her. But there are a lot of things Daniel doesn’t know.
Anne has a secret. Her name isn’t Anne.
She’s reinvented herself as a governess, and so far she’s as happy as she can be. Until Daniel returns and turns her world on its head.
He constantly seeks her out, he is always looking for an excuse to get her alone, and she secretly loves it, but she has to keep him at arm’s length, because nothing can come of a relationship with them.
Meanwhile, there is a sub-plot running that has Daniel believe that Hugh’s father will never give up his quest to see Daniel dead. It takes Daniel too long to figure out what’s really going on, and by then it may be too late.
Any fans of the Bridgertons, Smythe-Smith books, or someone who just wants a lovely romance will love this book.
***Reader copy provided by Avon Books and Avon Addicts
Oh Tessa Dare, how do I love thee? Okay, well I do think you’re pretty sweet, but I meant to say your books ;) This is Ms. Dare’s latest, and it does not disappoint.
Romancing the Duke was fun and witty and so delightful. Izzy is a hopeless romantic, and she’s pretty much down to her last dollar, so to speak. She’s just received word of an inheritance, though, and heads off to meet the solicitor.
Who she meets, however is Ransom, Duke of Rothbury. Scarred, blind, wounded, and devilishly handsome. At one point Ransom fears he’s so ugly Izzy has fainted from looking at him (she fainted from hunger), and he asks how he looks. I can’t find the note in my nook and I’m so mad because it’s fabulous, but basically he’s worried he looks frightful, and Izzy sighs and says something along the lines of “You aren’t going to make me say it, are you?” “Yes, yes tell me,” “Well, you look…” “Yes?” “Like a handsome man with a scar.”
I loved that scene, and I hope I didn’t ruin it for you with my attempt at remembering it.
But the whole story is fantastic and fantastical. Don’t go in expecting perfect textbook historical mannerisms, because that’s part of the charm. It’s not true to form of the time period, but it’s perfect as is.
Izzy’s father was known throughout Britain as an amazing author who wrote children’s stories called The Goodnight Tales. They were about this devoted father telling his darling daughter a bedtime story each night. It comes out as a serial, a la Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and it is utter crap.
Izzy doesn’t resemble the girl in the least. Her bedroom looked nothing like “Little Izzy Goodnight’s” bedroom, and as of now, she no longer has a bedroom at all with her horrible cousin having inherited her home after her father died. So when she finds out the inheritance is a giant crumbling monstrosity of a castle, along with one handsome and cranky duke, she still tries to look on the bright side.
It’s actually Ransom’s castle but it’s been sold out from under him. He was in a duel recently and was struck down. He’s gone into hiding to recover and to lick his wounds, but those wounds won’t heal. He has lost his sight, but his wounds are mostly internal. I loved Ransom. He was grouchy and snobby and oh so ducal. But he was also considerate, and funny, and had such a dirty mouth. But I loved him. And so does Izzy.
Their romance is fun, and lusty, and full of intrigue, and white lies, and even a weasel. Oh, and the LARPers, we mustn’t forget them. (Live Action Role Players---people who dress up as characters from The Goodnight Tales).
I love this book. I heartily recommend it, and with everything from fun dialogue, witty and strong heroine, you too will fall in love with Romancing the Duke.
Becca’s brother is missing, and he left her a cryptic message about going to Nick Rixey for help. He will know what to do. Becca doesn’t know what els...moreBecca’s brother is missing, and he left her a cryptic message about going to Nick Rixey for help. He will know what to do. Becca doesn’t know what else to do, so she finds Nick. She doesn’t expect to be turned down so harshly.
When Becca walks into Nick’s brother Jeremy’s tattoo parlor, she is blown off. Even Jeremy tells him he was a jerk. But Becca’s father was his ex-commander and mentor, and Nick’s Special Forces team was ruined because of him. He was dirty, and Nick and his boys took the fall. The survivors of that double-cross had their records hacked and their exemplary records were changed to reflect fraudulent disciplinary procedures and they were dishonorably discharged.
It’s a safe bet to say that Nick wants nothing to do with that man’s daughter. But Becca gets under his skin, and some things she has knowledge of may be something that can help his team. But first he has to get his team together, men he feels he let down, and men he hasn’t talked to since they were discharged.
Her brother’s disappearance is soon shown to be a kidnapping, but Nick and his guys will get Charlie back. In the meantime he and Becca are fighting their attraction. There’s a sexy scene where Nick freehand draws on Becca’s body and it is my favorite part of the book.
The romance is hot, the side characters were well-written, and I hope we get stories for them too. I definitely recommend this book and can’t wait for the next.
***ARC courtesy of Avon Books and Avon Addicts(less)
Well, I will say that if this hadn't had Kresley Cole's name on it, I never would have read it. Not only do I not enjoy reading BDSM, but I'm not a fa...moreWell, I will say that if this hadn't had Kresley Cole's name on it, I never would have read it. Not only do I not enjoy reading BDSM, but I'm not a fan of the first person POV in romance.
I'm glad I read this though, because it reminds me of how much I love KC's writing. She writes some of the best snark.
I have a hard time liking Sevastyn. Don't get me wrong, I went in knowing he'd be domineering and pushy and an alphahole. But he doesn't have the qualities I typically love in a hero-especially in a KC hero. I love her alphaholes (Lachlain from IAD anyone?). But I didn't get alpha hero out of this guy. Or even anti-hero. He's a bit of a dick. I think we're so limited by Natalie's 1st person POV that we don't see really many good qualities in Sevastyn.
I know, I know, it's only part one, and she's written him like this for a reason. With KC, there's always a reason.
I think that I can absolutely believe that Natalie is enjoying herself, the BDSM doesn't feel forced, or awkward. It's done really well and Natalie knows herself, but at the same time is finding things out about herself with Sevastyn.
The plot with her father is pretty cool, but I'm not sure if I'm liking where it might be going. We'll see...I bought the second installment last night ;)
Skye is still trying to get over her recent brush with death with a stalker in Mine to Take, and she’s getting better, but the nightmares are there. Trace treats her like she’s made of glass, but she wants, she needs him to treat her normally. Tiptoeing around isn’t helping, and she can’t get better just because Trace wills it to happen.
But she’s in danger again when Trace’s past comes back to haunt him. And Trace doesn’t want to share his secrets; he’s afraid Skye will leave him. We see his friends Noah and Drake in this book, and we see a new player-Claire. And with those new players, we see more of Trace’s past come to light.
I’ll be honest, it was hard for me to like Trace after a while. His obsession with Skye and his dark past are really different from most of Eden’s heroes. But I think that these two work as a couple, where I wouldn’t typically like such a deep obsession, it worked.
This was much darker than Cynthia Eden's previous works. Trace's obsession with Skye is revealed in more detail, and Skye has more darkness inside than she ever realized. These are 2 very imperfect characters who love each other to the point of obsession. Add the person who is digging up trace's past and killing his friends, and you've got one intense romantic suspense.