Very enjoyable! The twist was definitely not something that I normally read, especially in historical romance, but it worked for me and the ending wasVery enjoyable! The twist was definitely not something that I normally read, especially in historical romance, but it worked for me and the ending was very romantic. ...more
Lord Jason Lockwood has his life turned upside down in the past when his father favored his half brother, who was illegitimate. After an altercation wLord Jason Lockwood has his life turned upside down in the past when his father favored his half brother, who was illegitimate. After an altercation with him leaves him physically scarred, the worst gossip in town spreads vicious lies and it makes his mother seem mad and him as well. Now shunned by society, he delights in his debauchery by throwing vice parties and seemingly fitting in in his new role in the ton. Then he meets the lovely Lady Lydia Prewitt and just when he thinks he might be willing to change, he finds out she is the niece of said worst gossip in town. Trying to believe that Lydia is different takes some time and with their growing love being forbidden by Lydia's aunt, it seems like a long and bumpy road to their happiness especially as Jason is trying to mend fences with his half brother who has a very rocky past.
The latest addition to Darcy Burke's Secrets & Scandals series is another winner for me. Full of the healing power of love, a forbidden love and overcoming the past to grasp the future. This story fits very true with the present day and how gossip can really upset a person's life. I thought the whole subject was handled very well and I also liked that Jason did not immediately fall for Lydia after he found out about her gossiping aunt. Lydia proves her loyalty to Jason and she has her own problems to overcome with her bitter aunt and her need for friends, a home, a family. She is aware of her presence as an air-headed gossip but Jason learns the truth about her and in return, she helps set him free from his demons of his past. Jason's transformation for dissolute rake to upstanding charmer was also very well done and I was glad it was not a complete one-eighty so quickly. It took time and patience and in the end everything played out as it should. His relationship with his half brother added some depth and set up the next book very well and I can't wait to finally have Ethan (Jagger) story! Darcy Burke is an author to watch and each book I read of hers gets better and better and I feel she is an excellent storyteller and her romances are ones I would read again and again. 4 sigh worthy stars...more
Catherine Raybourne, Marchioness of Foster, tried to help a friend two weeks after her wedding to Jamie and in the process, got caught in what lookedCatherine Raybourne, Marchioness of Foster, tried to help a friend two weeks after her wedding to Jamie and in the process, got caught in what looked to be a comprising position and it sent Jamie away for five long years. Jamie refused to look a fool just weeks after his marriage and thought it best to leave than bear the gossip but has decided to return home and try again with Cat, to have an heir. But after Jamie left after their horrible fight and with no word from him during his five year absence, Cat is not ready to let Jamie back into her heart as it is quite broken and hurt. Jamie and Cat try to find a way to talk and move forward but sometimes it is hard to let go of the past. Will they be able to focus on their happier moments and find the love that is still burning between them?
This was an absolute delight of a novella featuring a side character from Leigh LaValle's debut novel, The Runaway Countess (but can easily be read as a stand alone). It had just the right amount of emotion, turmoil, action and heat to make this a must read for historical romance fans. The writing is lovely and watching Cat and Jamie find a resolution to their problem was handled well and not overdrawn. You could really feel for Cat and all her fears for being left high and dry again, especially as she reveals a painful secret, and at the same time you really feel for Jamie and his reluctance to be made to look a fool again. Tender moments are wrapped together with a little dash of heat and I really enjoyed watching this couple find their way back to each other as you could just see their strong love for each other. So even though this is only a novella, the story was well developed and thought out and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I did think it odd that Jamie would just take off and leave for five years with no word at all, but it just worked for me in this setting. An engaging, romantic tale of forgiveness and love. 4 stars...more
This was a enjoyable read. I loved the fact that our heroine, Vivian, is 34 and finds herself attracted to a younger man, such a refreshing change ofThis was a enjoyable read. I loved the fact that our heroine, Vivian, is 34 and finds herself attracted to a younger man, such a refreshing change of pace. Vivian has a secret she much keep about herself and has shaped her life into helping others keep their secrets and scandals covered up, again a fresh situation for me and one I enjoyed. Marcus returns home, never expecting to be earl and has to deal with his now grown up sister's scandal. It throws this couple back together, ten years after an impromptu kiss that neither could forget. Loved the sexual tension and the witty banter between this couple as they strive to find their place with each other, especially when Vivian's past comes back to haunt her. A well written fresh story with wit, heat and love....more
Dr. Jonas Grantham decided that he is ready to marry and makes a mental list of all the beautiful ladies in town and Miss Lydia Charingford wavers betDr. Jonas Grantham decided that he is ready to marry and makes a mental list of all the beautiful ladies in town and Miss Lydia Charingford wavers between number ten and eleven. He remembers Lydia from his training days as a young man and knows her secret that she guards closely and has no real interest in pursuing her...until she speaks to him and then everything changes for him. Jonas finds himself trying to talk to her and falling in love with her for over a year but each time they speak together, it comes out blunt and seems sarcastic. Naturally, Lydia is on guard to men, especially to a man that knows her past, and thinks his advances are more carnal in nature. Jonas sets a bet with Lydia, who is always cheerful and finds the good in everything, to accompany him on some rounds and see some of the less than pleasant aspects of his life. Her goal, to never have Jonas speak to her again. His goal, to get a proper kiss from Lydia. What happens in the process is magical.
I'm always amazed how Courtney Milan can pack so much punch in a novella. This is a story of two flawed, hurting individuals finding the love that seems just out of their reach. And while we are watching the relationship develop, we get to see family relationships and how they shaped them to who they are today. Jonas is dealing with his proud, hoarder father and how to communicate to him to leave his house and live in a more clean environment. Lydia has a unique relationship with her father following her youthful indiscretion and I really enjoyed seeing a father love his daughter, no matter what. Jonas is deliciously sarcastic, straight-forward, has an ill-timed sense of humor, blunt opinions and follows the new fad of washing your hands to prevent diseases spreading. His devotion to Lydia and helping her see the hurt she has had buried, and needing to let it go, is lovely. Lydia is a bit harder to warm up too as she just can't see past the wall she has built but once she finally truly listens to what Jonas is saying, she comes up with the most unique way to show Jonas her love. I just adored this. It is a heart warming story of love about two normal, non-titled flawed people, that will make you smile, hope and sigh with happiness. 4 1/2 stars
Love this line:
"Once you speak," he said, "you have no equal."...more
A wonderful romance about a love thought gone! Portia and Viscount Northwood shared a brief, passionate affair tenOne Starlight Night by Carolyn Jewel
A wonderful romance about a love thought gone! Portia and Viscount Northwood shared a brief, passionate affair ten years ago and the ramifications are still being felt today. It caused deep heartache for Portia and Northwood and also her brother. But with Portia set to wed a dull man just to escape her maddening sister in law, Northwood can not let his feelings be disregarded any longer. A wonderfully rounded romance dealing with the difficulties of a second chance romance and great supporting characters (seriously, Portia's sister in law is going to be someone who want to smack!) with a good dose of steam! I could have used a mini epilogue though but thats just me...love my epilogues :) 4 1/2 stars
What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan
This was another wonderful romance about a love thought gone as well but in a totally different vein! Mary Chartley is forced to take a position as a lady's companion after her fathers death and subsequent revelations about his embezzlement. To make matters worse, her fiance, John, is one of the men he stole from. Devastated, she returns his ring and flees saying she has no idea where the money went. When John should suddenly show up at a neighboring estate of her new position, she is sure he is there to turn her in. But John sees how subdued Mary has become, he is determined to find out what happened once and for all. As they find scant time together, as Mary is being 'protected' by her employer and has no time for herself, they slowly find there way back to each other and a very satisfying conclusion to the embezzlement dilemma. Courtney Milan is one of my favorite authors and she has yet again crafted a romance that is beautiful and deep with an eye for detail that I enjoy. I may have learned a bit more about drainage systems than I would have liked but it sets the tone for the period very well. The home at which Mary works is the common theme amongst these novellas are connected and it is obvious the authors communicated well with each other because there are just enough details to tie them together. 4 1/2 stars
A Dance in Moonlight by Sherry Thomas
My review for this will come at a later date as I have not yet read Ravishing the Heiress and I know this novella features a secondary character from that book and I prefer to read books in order :)
For the two stories I did read, I would highly recommend this book! (And I have no doubt the third will be just as good.) Each author has managed to craft a complete, well written, highly enjoyable story with equal bits of romance, emotion, steam and with an attention to detail for the time period they are writing in. I hope to see these authors collaborate together again in the future! ...more