I was hesitant to write a review due to the fact that my opinion would be terribly biased XD But I couldn't resist.
I must say while reading that I coI was hesitant to write a review due to the fact that my opinion would be terribly biased XD But I couldn't resist.
I must say while reading that I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters. And to see how the story unfolds, to learn what would come of the sisters, Diana and Carrie, was such a treat. To feel the life and love was just an adventure.
Megan Mulry was so very kind to let my friend and I be a part of this charming read. To be connected to such a sweet story just makes my heart swell.
Just thank you, and thank you a million times! ...more
Finished reading this the other night and I've been trying to find the proper words to review this absolutSteamy, sexy, beautiful and ohsoveryguhhhhh.
Finished reading this the other night and I've been trying to find the proper words to review this absolutely gorgeous novel. I still cannot find the words. Just what did I even read?!
Right from the start I knew Griff and Pauline were meant to be. When they first laid eyes on each other... oh, my god! And the thoughts running through their minds, hilarious and just yesssss! We can get a feeling for the characters right from the get-go. And yes, it was love at first sight for me. For both Griff and for Pauline. Haha, I have a girl crush. Pauline is definitely one of a kind. I don't want to give anything away. So, gahhhh... I love, love her! Griffin is--what is Griff? LOL He has that special something that makes your heart melt whenever he says or does anything. Just what is he? I'd say perfect, but no, that's a disservice to the character that is Griff. XD He's just such a man. I love it, I love him. As for them together, I couldn't help but internally scream JUSTGETMARRIEDALREADY and have your happily ever after! But, of course, we actually do wanna read a story. So, plot. ;) And it was beautiful and, at times, heart-wrenching.
Tessa did it again, she surprised me and just blew me away. The feelings. So many feelings. I really don't want to spoil anything, but I just want to say that this story seemed to run deeper. I felt as if my heart constricted tighter and then swelled with an overwhelming amount of love for these two characters. My heart ached for them.
Giving all the stars to this story and I want to give it so much more. I'll probably come back to try and give this a proper review, whatever that means. I just can't seem to find the words! Just guuuuuhhhh, SO GOOD!...more
I have mixed feelings for this one. When it comes to novellas I usually do as I have difficulty warming up to short reads. This one, however, I did waI have mixed feelings for this one. When it comes to novellas I usually do as I have difficulty warming up to short reads. This one, however, I did warm up to it. I loved the flow of the story and happy in the surprises that revealed itself while reading. Unpredictable, I think. And I love that about LaValle's writing, not knowing what to expect, the thrill of it. It was easy to get lost in Cat and Jamie's world, and I read it all in one go. It wrapped up nicely, but, as always, with good reads, I was left with wanting more XD
The reason why I have mixed feelings is because I didn't agree with some of the decisions that were made by the characters. I had a few "WTH, what are you thinking?" moments. But then again I realized that without those decisions we wouldn't have the meaty plot that we were given. And yes to the plot! Also, I should add that this short read packs quite the punch with some very smexy scenes. XD
Gah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give itGah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give it all the tags! It's a historical romance with a bit of action, a bit of mystery, a touch of paranormal. A great mix to make this story special.
I found myself holding my breath for paragraphs, maybe even pages. It's sooo good! XD This book is a serious triple threat. Kick-ass characters. A plot with so many twists and turns, it took my breath away. And the way it's written, my gosh! I'm in love with how scenes lifted off the pages. And the dialogue had my insides all a flutter. The banter, the barbs, the sparring! LOL
Miranda and Archer are just so damn perfect. I could cry at the thought of them together.
I can't even... I want to say so much more but I don't want to spoil it. This story I think is best kept as a surprise. The thrills. The secrets. The adventure. The journey. All these elements just waiting to be explored, experienced.
I felt breathless. My heart still aches!
Miranda has become one of my all time favorite heroines. She's witty, smart... ugh, she's just a heroine of heroines.
Archer, the hero, I can't believe how many times I fell in love with this character. OMG, if he were real? The things I would do to this man. Sexy and so mysterious. So wonderfully good! And that just sums up my thoughts of him from the prologue!
And Miranda and Archer together? They are one of my favorite couples EVER, and totally meant to be XD
It was refreshing to read a love story like theirs, a love that is solid and unwavering. Their love is magic and scorching hot!
(ETA: Bought and read this book after having won Moonlight (the second book in the series). And what a win it was, for it introduced me to what I think has become one of my all time favorites! Thank you for the first-reads! Will read and review the second story soon!)...more
Since this book is not officially out yet, I'm going to try my best to keep this review spoiler free.
Like A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked, A Lady by Midnight is beautifully crafted with an intricate plot that just kept me wanting to get to the end because I just NEEDED to know what happens. At the same time, I wanted to try and pace myself. I wanted to absorb every moment and just feel all the feelings that Kate and Thorne's story invoked in me.
And what a story it was! A Lady by Midnight fully deserves my five star rating. If I were able, I would give it more. More stars because it was beyond 'amazing.' It was awe-inspiring, really.
For Kate and Thorne are characters that I simply admire and respect.
Kate is passionate, smart and beautiful. She has a strength and confidence to her, despite what life has dealt her. There's no messing with this heroine. This woman gives everything she's got, she stands her ground, knows how to get what she wants, and I love that she LOVES completely.
And Thorne, I just love him. Such a man, this hero. Gahh, I wish to go on and on about him but it would totally give him away. I considered doing just that, but I'm going to do the opposite and keep my lips sealed. More fun. So, please, read this book and find out about this mysterious hero. Okay, one thing (since you probably know this about him from the previous books), he doesn't say a whole lot, but when he does speak--MY, OH MY. And even if, it's all about action, yes? Speaks louder, right? ;)
As I was reading ALBM, I noticed that it did have a different tone/feel than the previous Spindle Cove books. (I haven't noticed it in other series, not really.) ANTS is more daring, AWTBW was dripping with humor and charm, and ALBM has passion down pat. It's nice to have such variety in a series to keep things fresh. I suppose it has a lot to do with the characters. Each are so very different and complex, complete with imperfections that make them achingly human.
I adore all the awkward moments and the little details that make the heroes, heroines and Spindle Cove seem so very real. How I wish it were.
I just wrote a major spoiler. I erased it. Don't worry. Hint: It was about Dinner and Francine. Didn't you just love them? Well, in this story--Oh, just read the book already!
Lastly, I think I should mention the fact that I teared up at the first sentence. Actually, tears were threatening to fall at the words 'Chapter One.' I admit, the anticipation got to me! XD I mean, to be able to delve back into the world that I couldn't and can't get enough of... Just. So. Much. Awesome.
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an e-arc of ALBM in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book's expected publication: August 28th 2012.
Please read it as soon as you get your hands on it! It's totally amazing!!
Sorry, one more thing, I think one could love this book as a standalone, but I SERIOUSLY recommend reading this series in order! GET ON IT, and ship the lovely ships! :D...more
I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating wSizzling hot from start to finish!
I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating within me even after hours I had put my tablet down. And it was a struggle to put it down. I kept going back, wanting to re-read my favorite parts and just soak in these moments LaValle created.
LaValle's voice is very distinct and I'm kind of in love with the way she can string words together and create these profound sentences that unravel in such a moving way. Her voice. Her characters. Her characters' voices.
Both Lord Radford and Mazie are incredibly well developed. The way they speak, their personalities, so defined and complex. Love how they are so very telling in how they express themselves by their actions and words and words they choose not to say.
The chemistry between Lord Radford and Mazie is undeniable and present and so very real, it hurts in the most delicious way.
One thing that I absolutely loved about Radford and Mazie is that neither lost themselves, they stayed true to their character from start to finish! None of the OOC business to suit the plot. Mazie and Radford were all about learning who they were and learning to trust in that, whatever they were to be and become.
(view spoiler)[... Straitlaced, beautiful, Lord Radford was in for it as soon as he opened the door and laid his eyes upon Mazie, a woman like no other. A woman that would challenge him and test him and ultimately, bring out the worst and best in him. And Radford is such a MAN, it would have drove me crazy if he were not to be so evenly matched.
Situation and circumstance turned them into enemies, each unwilling to give into the lust that they each knew was there. Each too proud, headstrong and needing to protect themselves from the other. The game was on. Neither would give in, too much was at stake. Radford and Mazie were in their element as they exchanged witty barbs, and well placed retorts, hooks and blocks. However, at some point, it got personal. Too personal. Could they set aside their thoughts and listen to their hearts? Will it all be for naught? How could these two find it in themselves to trust their supposed enemy? The way of life hangs in the balance for both Mazie and Radford. Love would surely conquer all, or will it?
Questions, so many questions. One thing is for certain, while reading I never once stopped to question reading this story and wanting to know how it would end. My heart was invested from the very first kiss.
It took me hours to find myself able to compose my thoughts, and even now I am still reeling over what I just read. It is a beautiful thing, this feeling. So immersed was I in this story. To feel these feelings, to be filled with these wonderful emotions that LaValle evoked in me. By reading this intensely amazing, beautiful story, I found myself in laughter, in tears and holding my breath. Suspended in an emotional state where my heart just ached for Radford and Mazie. Their love is forbidden. Their love should be impossible, and yet... their love is a necessary love, a needed kind of love, a love that just took my breath away. (hide spoiler)]
Have I said too much? Surely, this story deserves more praise! More stars than I could give. After having read Leigh LaValle's thrilling debut novel, I am excited to say I am a fan and will most surely read her future works. I want more!...more
Another book to put on the favorites shelf. I'm not really sure how to even write a review for this. I can't possibly say words to explain just how amAnother book to put on the favorites shelf. I'm not really sure how to even write a review for this. I can't possibly say words to explain just how amazing this book is. I wish there was an option to insert feelings *here*
This story is smart, funny, beautiful. I'm so in love with the characters.
Liliana and Geoffrey, I love them equally. And that is hard to come by in a romance, usually it's one or the other, but in this story my love is shared equally between the two.
Liliana, so spunky, so independent, so smart, a woman that speaks her mind and keeps you guessing.
Geoffrey, gah, just yes, please. Pretty please.
I knew they were meant to be right from the very first time they laid eyes on each other. The chemistry, OMG! And I'm not talking about Liliana's love for the field. I'm talking about sizzling hot passion that sparks between the pair whenever they interact.
I was intrigued from start to finish. This story has a plot that is pleasantly unpredictable. A nice pace that keeps things going. It's a charming, easy and delicious read that I will most likely pick up again just to feel the feelings... so good!...more
Be still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you TesBe still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tessa for writing their story!
As this epic love story just needed telling.
Oh, Colin and Minerva. Truly one of my favorite couples of ALL time. Colin, so beautiful, so heartbreakingly sincere and genuine, and honest. And tragically misunderstood. Let me hold you Colin, just let me hold you! On the surface he plays the part of the relentless rake. But who is the man inside his shell? Just who is this man who knows how to touch, but is untouchable?
And then there is Minerva, who lives life behind spectacles to see things clearly, but unfortunately, the things of life and love remain quite a blur. So very intelligent in all things, but so unaware at the same time. She is hidden behind her own shell, will she be able to overcome her insecurities and allow herself to become the person deep inside?
What can possibly happen when Colin and Minerva embark on a week long journey together, alone and unattended? What these two come up with certainly surprised me again and again.
I am so very tempted to give away the details, wanting to share just what had me laughing, what had me tearing up. Every single page just had this certain little charming something. This delightful something that felt real and fresh and honest. It felt beautiful, uplifting and something beyond that that I can't put a name to, but I loved it. Loved it so very much that I feel that it's a MUST read, it would be a positively amazing thing if everyone could feel this feeling too. Love that leaves me giddy and filled with joy
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an advanced digital review copy of "A Week to Be Wicked" in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book will be released: March 27th 2012!...more
Mission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something importantMission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something important for what is to come in book four.
I guess it's obvious just how much I liked this book by my excitement for getting to the end. And it's not because it was a page turner.
Oh, no. It was quite the book that couldn't be picked up. I am boggled at how different this book was from its predecessors.
The Duke was surely sprinkled with magic fairy(-tale) dust. How could it not have been? The story was just beautiful, it enchanted me like no other book of its genre ever has. Has there ever been another that affected me so? If there was, I don't recall. Nor did The Lord of Ice measure up to the second book in the series, Lord of Fire. Lord of Fire was just gorgeously written, wickedly charming. And just sooooo good. So good.
I'm not sure if this book is just *meh* for me because I didn't take to the main characters, Damien and Miranda. I admit, I found Damien distasteful before I even started reading. His character just didn't sit well with me when he was introduced in Lord of Fire. Just something about him. And I don't think it is because of his ice cold nature. Perhaps it is because I never came to terms with what he did. I just can't forgive him. And there's more to it than that, there's his personality. He's stale, boring. And he's rather overbearing. He does have his good moments, however. He plays a good knight in shining armor and saves his damsel in distress, Miranda.
Miranda, oh Miranda, maybe it is best I don't even comment about her.
I am almost glad that Lord of Ice didn't focus on their romance. I literally had to skip scenes when it was just Damien and Miranda. Them being together. Ugh. Please. Just. No.
Their scenes together didn't mesh well. Didn't flow well. And it was most awkward to read. The dialogue between them was just... *eyeroll* And there was no chemistry whatsoever. Just how are they together? And why? Why?
If you are still reading this awful rant review, I do have some nice things to say. I like the action/suspense aspects to the story. As I do love suspense! I also like how the story was about a person, and not about just a relationship (even if I didn't really like said person). And lastly, It was interesting to come across Bel, Robert, Alice and Lucien again. Their parts weren't all that substantial. It was more about letting us know that they were there, living and still loving their significant others as they should be. And all the mentions of Lucien just made me squee!
So, that is why I give this story three stars. Actually, two and a half, if it were an option. ...more
Gahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. InGahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. Intriguing. A chaste mother of two and wife to an estranged politician, seeks the help of an experienced man. She hopes that with his teaching, she can seduce her unfeeling husband. There are twists to the story, however, some were rather predictable. Loved it when they were unpredictable. Just shy of shocking... Okay, I really liked the story.
Loved the hero, Lord Safyre (Ramiel Devington). Smart. Sexy. An alpha male hero in all respects, who has a past that haunts. Complicated, but uncomplicated.
Liked the heroine, Elizabeth Petre. Actually, she IS lovable. She's a conflicted naive character. Passionate and real.
Loved their relationship. The slow build. The obvious chemistry and attraction. The banter between them. The exchange of words, most of them quite humorous. The thoughts were brilliant.
However, I disliked the majority of the dialogue. Too clinical. I mean, most of the time I was rolling my eyes, wondering if there were people that actually talked the way they did. What I think was SUPPOSED to be emotional, was rather inexpressive and fell flat.
With that said, it probably should be mentioned that this was the first time I actually finished a book that was geared towards erotica. If that was what it was supposed to be. I found it funny, the story read like a how-to guide. And maybe that's because that is what the story is about. Elizabeth learning how to seduce. How to want. How to need. How to love.
All in all, not sure what I think overall. If you haven't read this yet, I would only recommend to those who are into interesting plots that twist (which I happen to love). In that regard, it's a page turner. What happens next just NEEDS TO BE REVEALED. The back story and subplots were very well done, and done right. The characters are unique and have depth, which is quite refreshing. So, read it for the story of two people finding love....more
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflHow to express my feelings for this book?
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflicted and multifaceted hero I've come across. He's smooth, but funnily enough, not when he actually wants to be. And he's so very unpredictable, which I love.
Grace, the heroine, is one special lady. Love how she has real people thoughts. She's sadly hidden by her insecurities and fears. All I wanted to do was root for her and hope that she gets what she deserves, which is sooo much more than she cares to admit to want for herself.
I love the hero and heroine together. Their relationship had been put to the test, and frustratingly so. However, the trials and tribulations were necessary and only made their love sweeter.
It is very rare for me to like the hero and heroine in a story equally, and I am happy to find it in this story.
And the way the story is written? *Shivers all over*...more
All 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him liAll 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him like the devil. How tragic. They fail to see that Lucien is all the more gallant, strong and so very clever.
Misunderstood to his very core, Lucien isolates himself from everyone. Including or rather, perhaps, ESPECIALLY, from his once always present twin brother, Damien. Lucien lives behind measured walls, puts on his mask of indifference and plays the devil role he is resigned to. That is, until he meets the good girl Alice Montague. Giving her the ultimatum that will ultimately seal both their fates, she reluctantly agrees to stay with him for a specified amount of time (which is one of the most hilarious scenes, I might add).
Alice is just the one to bring out the true Lucien to the fore.
He's very much the perfect embodiment of a romantic hero. Tormented. Passionate. An unsung hero that just wants to be loved. In his mind he doesn't deserve it, he doesn't deserve Alice.
Now, Alice, sometimes I feel like her character falls a little short. Not sure how to describe it, but I was left with the thought: "Does she really deserve Lucien?"
Well, anyway, who am I to question their love? She makes him whole, happy, complete. And vice versa. That's all that matters. (And really, Lucien already won all the stars. So, still an "amazing" read.)
The story reads like an action packed movie. Scenes with stunts and guns and swords and heroes on horses and ladies in white dresses. And a romance to die for.
I actually finished a couple days ago but was unable to write a review right after. How could I? Seriously. At a loss foWhy did the story need to end?
I actually finished a couple days ago but was unable to write a review right after. How could I? Seriously. At a loss for words. In a good way. In a really really good way. How could I explain the perfectness of the story? Surely, my words will be insufficient.
This book gave me something dear and precious and invaluable, so I feel like I owe this book something in return, even if it is inadequate. But it will have to do.
Five stars is my limit on goodreads, but this deserves so much more. This brilliant story deserves all the stars, all the flowers, all the hearts. Really.
This book has it all. Mystery. Suspense. Drama. ANGST. Romance, oh the romance. A story for friends. A story for lovers. Revenge. Honor. Discrimination. Hypocrisy. Politics. Hardships. Hate. And, of course, LOVE.
The story begins with the paragon Robert, Duke of Hawkscliffe. He meets and propositions Miss Belinda Hamilton, a courtesan, to help him find the truth from the suspected murderer of his first love. In return for Bel's cooperation, he becomes her protector and takes her into his home. She is to be his mistress, but only for appearances sake. But, of course, it doesn't end there. How could it? This story is a romance.
And the story is beautiful. The story is heartbreaking.
Miss Belinda Hamilton, the true hero in the story. My heart, oh how I love her. Fallen, but not fallen. Tormented by traumatic events that befell her wrongly. Her fears so heartbreakingly REAL. I cried for her.
Bel is fiercely independent. She's smart, resourceful, giving--so very giving. A beautiful woman that has to face and overcome the ugly over and over again. Her tragic circumstance pulls at your heartstrings and makes you really ask, "Why her?" I wanted to fight for her.
Her pain and struggles and the impossible situation she was found in, all made me wonder how it will turn out in the end... Will she get her happy ending?
Robert is a an honorable, chivalrous man. He is in love with courtly love. He's capable--powerful. Educated. He's the most eligible bachelor. Unattainable. A man's man and a romantic. He's simply swoon worthy. *swoons* And he's gorgeous. A gorgeous man who has his own demons to face, he needs saving from his tormented self. He's perfect, but flawed.
He's a titled man who cannot marry his one true love. I wanted to shake him, once. The rest of the time I was rooting for him, loving him.
The love that is found within the pages of this book is truly epic.
A love story between Robert and Bel that starts with attraction, segues into desire and ultimately, blooms into love. Love that is a forbidden love that turns the world upside down, tormenting them both.
They face discrimination, jealousy, hate, the impossible. Can they weather through it all?
The love between them is limited made limitless. Impossible made possible. And yet... there is more. So much more.
This book was laced with intricate history, filled with memorable characters, fascinating plots and subplots that twist, and the story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that makes me want to go on for a ride over and over again.
This story gave me hope, heartache, joy. This story gave me the feeling of a love that knows no bounds. What more could I ask for? ...more
Currently reading Kiss Me, Annabel (book #2), having finished this, the first book in the Essex Sisters seI feel like my feelings are having feelings.
Currently reading Kiss Me, Annabel (book #2), having finished this, the first book in the Essex Sisters series. And I noticed something while reading book #2, practically every chapter--perhaps every other page even--I catch myself thinking of Tess and Lucius, the hero and heroine of this novel.
They made such an impact on me that my eyes tear up at every mention of their names. My gosh, what even?
Well, whatever is going on, they deserve my tears as they both made it into my heart. I feel as if they are old friends and I want to see them happy and in love as they should be.
Maybe I should back up for a moment and say why they are such epic characters as this IS a review after all
Tess, the eldest of the Essex Sisters, feels as if it is her duty to marry, if only to help her younger sisters. Forget passion. Forget Love. Forget herself. It's as if it is her prerogative. She is a selfless, caring individual that plays the genteel woman imperfectly perfectly in the way that counts. All the more, her sincerity is believable. BELIEVABLE. As what happens in most romance novels, the heroine, we know, will end up with her happy ending. And I shall not spoil anything. However, let me just say that in this lovely novel, the heroine far exceeds expectations. So much MORE happens. And it's beautiful. That's heart-wrenching, tear-inducing beautiful.
Lucius Felton. *sighs* Gah, I'm not even going to try and begin to describe him. He is a hero in all accounts and is just made of win, really. Quite possibly my favorite hero. Ever. Perhaps? Maybe. Yes? *swoons*
The impact occurs (for me at least) when these two amazing characters get together. Whenever. Wherever. All. The. Time. Always.
The plot has plot has plot. The back story was interesting and filling. The secondary and even tertiary characters are all diverse, memorable and consistent. Rafe. Annabel. Imogen. Josie. Character growth happens! In ALL of them. Seriously. Rarely did I find this happening in romance novels. I could just squee for this alone.
Furthermore, the details. The moments. The scenes. The lines. The mentions of Shakespeare and Catullus. Just... I could see everything. Feel everything. Every turn of the page... just...