Ah the stress of middle school! Greg Heffley has to get good grades and navigate the social pitfalls of seventh grade. Not only that, he has to avoid...moreAh the stress of middle school! Greg Heffley has to get good grades and navigate the social pitfalls of seventh grade. Not only that, he has to avoid his big brother, Roderick, and stay out of the way of his little brother, Manny. Thankfully, he has his best friend, Rowley, to help him out.
It's the start of the school year and the novel opens with Greg and Rowley making a point of avoiding the "cheese" that's been festering on the school playground. Greg always has a plan to do just enough to get by, but when he makes Rowley take one of the team, he loses his best friend. Can they make up before the school year is over?
Kinney's story shines with whimsical illustrations and situations that elementary/middle school students can identify with. Kinney's writing is crisp and easy to read. The characters are likable and believable. The ending brings the story full circle with one last story about the "cheese" that will make the reader chuckle.
Overall, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" makes young and old smile as they follow Greg through his middle school adventures. The engaging plot will inspire a love of reading for young readers. An enjoyable story for all ages. (less)
Parmley whisks the reader away on a shipboard romance with "Aboard the Wishing Star." Kara Worth wins a cruise and takes her best friend, Vivian with...moreParmley whisks the reader away on a shipboard romance with "Aboard the Wishing Star." Kara Worth wins a cruise and takes her best friend, Vivian with her. After meeting Nate, Kara can't help but wonder if wishes really do come true.
"Aboard the Wishing Star" is a contemporary romance with suspenseful elements set in the picturesque Caribbean. Kara wins a trip to celebrate New Year. She travels from her home in Ohio, meets up with her friend, Vivian, and intends to enjoy her getaway. However, obstacles soon arise. Kara's inconvenienced when her luggage comes up missing and her boss decides to hound her, even though she's on vacation. When Nate encounters Kate, he challenges her on every level to step out of her comfort zone. Is Kate and Nate's attraction a shipboard romance or the foundation of a lasting relationship?
Parmley's writing is easy to read and engages the reader by involving the five senses from the sensual locales and vivid scents of the area to the warm, enticing caresses shared by Nate and Kara. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the romantic ambience of cruising on ship.
The most rewarding aspect of the story was the rich characterization of Kara and Nate. Kara's ready to start a new chapter of her life. She's brave, yet a little timid, but she knows her mind. Nate is loyal, honorable and steadfast. He's the spark in Kara's life that allows her to test her boundaries.
There were several minor spelling/punctuation errors throughout, but they did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.
The novel is warm/sensual for romance readers. Kara and Nate share intimate caresses and touches. "Aboard the Wishing Star" is a wonderful romantic escape that makes the reader believe the power of love can overcome anything. (less)
Riordan pens a story stuffed with action, adventure, and myths with "Sea of Monsters." When the tree that guards Camp Half Blood is poisoned and Chiro...moreRiordan pens a story stuffed with action, adventure, and myths with "Sea of Monsters." When the tree that guards Camp Half Blood is poisoned and Chiron accused of the deed, Percy and his friends must find the golden fleece to save the camp, but will Luke stand in their way?
The story opens with Percy having a decent year at school, but as summer approaches, Percy finds himself befriending Tyson, an odd teenager to say the least. After Percy is attacked at school, he learns that Tyson is a cyclops and Camp Half Blood is under siege. Thalia, the tree that guards the camp is dying. Chiron is blamed and banished. Percy makes it back to the camp where he discovers the golden fleece can save the camp, but unfortunately, Percy's friend, Grover, is being held captive by the cyclops that guards the fleece. Percy demands to go on a quest. Can he recover the golden fleece in time to save the camp?
Riodan's writing is crisp and easy to read. The plot flows well. Riodan uses a good economy of words to paint vivid pictures without lingering. The dialogue adds a nice authenticity to the story.
What I enjoyed about the story was how Riodan has made the Greek myths and heroes appealing to today's younger audience. Percy and his friends have incredible powers, yet they move easily within the modern world. Heck, even Hermes has updated his looks with a jogging suit.
The most rewarding part was the characterization. Percy shows a burgeoning maturity as he comes to care and protect Tyson. Tyson's loyalty is admirable and Annabeth, as well as Clarisse, show true strength and courage.
Riodan takes the reader on Percy's adventures through the sea of monsters and leaves them biting their nails. The ending had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more.
"Sea of Monsters" is a fine sequel to "The Lightning Thief." I highly recommend it for young readers in 4th grade on up. The story's sense of adventure will resonate with readers long after they finish. (less)
Hunter plunges the reader into the Regency period of England in this deliciously sinful romance, “The Wicked Games of a Gentleman.” This novel is a co...moreHunter plunges the reader into the Regency period of England in this deliciously sinful romance, “The Wicked Games of a Gentleman.” This novel is a continuation of her Boscastle series. Drake Boscastle is a scoundrel who has everything – money, good looks, and charm. However, he believes he’s incapable of love until he meets a woman who challenges him in ways he never thought possible. Hunter’s pacing never lets up. “The Wicked Games of a Gentleman” is a gem of a romance that’s hard to put down.
The novel starts with Drake planning to meet famed courtesan, Maribella St. Ives. Before he does, he attends a party and immediately becomes involved in a scandal when he’s unwittingly drawn into a duel against his cousin, Gabriel. As Drake stalls for time, he meets Eloise Goodwin, a ladies’ companion who has temporarily lost her charge, Thalia Thornton. Drake coaxes Eloise into a dance and they share a spontaneous kiss. Drake then leaves to meet Maribella, but his mind lingers on Eloise. His evening with Maribella is spoiled when Gabriel shows up with Eloise. Eloise asks Drake for his help in finding Thalia. He agrees to help, leaving Maribella.
The next morning, Eloise discovers her employer, Lord Thornton, has left, due to his gambling debts. She’s got her hands full trying to manage the house, keep the creditors at bay, and finding Thalia.
Drake, to his chagrin, finds himself irrevocably drawn to Eloise. She’s beautiful and clever, two traits he can’t resist. To win points with Eloise, Drake finds Thalia and brings her home, ignoring Maribella. Eloise thanks him appropriately, but Drake steals not only a kiss, but intimate caresses as well – caresses which Eloise simply can’t resist.
Soon Drake finds himself spending more and more time with Eloise. Maribella creates a bit of a stir when she leaves Drake, but its Drake’s family that threatens his growing romance with Eloise. After an old boyfriend comes into Eloise’s life and attempts to blackmail her, she agrees to let Drake be her protector. Their physical consummation is all consuming. Drake wants to make Eloise his wife, but is apprehensive about his family will react.
Hunter writes in a third person omniscient point of view, changing perspectives with no clear line breaks or divisions. This is known as a “Lonesome Dove,” perspective and most professional editors discourage it, but the romance genre is very forgiving of it. The story moves fluidly. Drake, Eloise, and the supporting cast are likable and interesting. Hunter’s dialogue is crisp and sharp. Her descriptions put the reader in the moment, and her love scenes are vividly passionate. The story’s ending gives the reader rich satisfaction. “The Wicked Games of a Gentleman” is one romance that can’t be put aside easily. (less)
Hunter weaves a masterful tale of seduction and passion in “The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman.” Devon Boscastle is a rakehell who has no desire to settl...moreHunter weaves a masterful tale of seduction and passion in “The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman.” Devon Boscastle is a rakehell who has no desire to settle down and find a wife – until he’s forced into a marriage of convenience with a young debutante, Jocelyn Lydbury. For Devon, there’s nothing as passionate or as sexy than falling in love with his own wife!
The novel opens with Devon attending a social party in Essex. Several games and events are planned, and the party is scheduled to last a week. At the party he encounters a young debutante, Jocelyn Lydbury. Four years ago her father invited Devon to dinner to meet her and Devon stood her up. After all, he has no desire to get married.
Devon trades barbs with Jocelyn and finds her to be enchanting. Later that night, Devon and Jocelyn each receive letters to meet in the castle’s tower – masked. While masked, they share an intimate embrace. It’s then they realize who each other, are and that they didn’t write the letters that lured them to the tower. Too late – Jocelyn’s father, a tyrant of a man, finds the couple in a compromising position and insists they marry.
Devon does the right thing and agrees. Despite himself, Jocelyn has made a dent in his carefully constructed armor. She’s sweet and demur. His heart goes out to her when he discovers how her father has mistreated her. He also finds her inexperience appealing. Throughout the novel, Both Devon and Jocelyn are harassed by minor incidents which are meant to make them look bad, but both rise above the incidents. Devon tries to identify the culprit, but to no avail.
Devon takes his new bride to his house. Their lovemaking is passionate and intense. Devon vows not to take a lover, but it’s hard for him to give up his night owl ways. He spends long hours out of the house, consorting with friends, not really getting to know his wife. Jocelyn is hurt.
Chloe, Devon’s sister, takes Jocelyn out to the park where several young men flirt with her. Devon watches the scene unfold, jealously flaming his disposition. When he discovers his cousin, Gabriel Boscastle, talking to Jocelyn late at night, it’s the last straw for his jealousy. He takes his wife to bed and thoroughly makes love to her. He stops going out with his friends, spending more time with Jocelyn. Still, he’s reluctant to admit to himself that he’s falling in love with her.
Devon’s brother, Grayson, arranges a party for him and Jocelyn. While at the party, Jane, Grayson’s wife, deduces Jocelyn is pregnant. While Jocelyn is in the nursery, she’s kidnapped by a man who hates Devon, Matthew Thurlew. Devon leaves the party to find out who has been harassing him. He discovers it was Thurlew who wrote the letters to him and Jocelyn luring them to the tower. Thurlew hoped the incident would disgrace Devon. When Devon realizes Thurlew is at the party he races back to save Jocelyn. Devon shoots Thurlew. Then he takes Jocelyn home where he admits he loves her.
This is the fifth in the Boscastle romance series, and I’ve enjoyed all the novels so far. I didn’t think I would like this one as much as the previous ones because Devon seems so self-absorbed in the others, but this one really highlighted the complexities of his character. Devon was very likable and romantic. The novel is fast paced and moves quickly. The plot is credible, but there were a couple of holes. Devon and Jocelyn are interesting, but I would have liked to have seen more “bonding” scenes between the couple, especially regarding how Jocelyn’s family treats her. I was also surprised to see that Jocelyn’s father, who insisted on the wedding, wasn’t there. The last “hole” in the plot, is making Thurlew the instigator of the harassing incidents between the couple. It would have made more sense to have Jocelyn’s brother write the notes and be the harasser of the incidents. Not only that, it would have been good fuel for more bonding scenes between Jocelyn and Devon.
The supporting cast is engaging and interesting. Hunter’s love scenes are passionate, yet tasteful; erotic and sensual. The scene where Devon makes love to Jocelyn after finding her with Gabriel is especially erotic and powerful. It’s not just a sex scene, but it’s Devon giving into the love he’s found with Jocelyn.
“The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman,” is a romance that will keep the reader turning the page. (less)
Hunter crafts an engaging tale of longing and seduction with “The Wedding Night of an English Rogue.” Heath Boscastle, a dedicated officer in the Engl...more Hunter crafts an engaging tale of longing and seduction with “The Wedding Night of an English Rogue.” Heath Boscastle, a dedicated officer in the English Army, is given the daunting task of protecting the “wicked” Lady Whitby. He’s harbored deep feelings for her since the moment they met – six years ago. Heath’s story of reuniting with a past love is one that will touch the reader’s heart and keep them turning the page.
The novel begins with Heath, a handsome rogue of a Boscastle, talking to his superior officer, Colonel Russell Althorne. Althorne is going to France to chase down a notorious, spy, Auclair, and asks Heath if he’ll act as his fiancée’s protector until he returns. Heath is stunned to find out the woman is Lady Julia Hepworth Whitby, a lady whom he met six years ago, and who he had a romantic encounter with. Heath tries to refuse, thinking Julia has hardened her heart to him, but Russell insists. Reluctantly, Heath agrees.
The sparks fly between Heath and Julia as soon as they are reacquainted. Both recall their previous liaison six years ago and how their passion brought them to the brink of lovemaking, but they pulled back before it could go further. Both harbored thoughts of finding each other again.
As Heath settles into his role as Julia’s protector, secrets start to pop out. Heath learns that Julia’s fiancé, Russell, keeps mistresses and one is pregnant with his child. Grayson, Heath’s brother, confirms it. It’s the tipping factor Heath needs to make a play for Julia himself. Mysterious things are also happening at Julia’s estate where she stays with her Aunt Hermia. Gloves are misplaced. Julia’s sapphire bracelet goes missing. Baron Brentford takes and interest in Julia that seems forced until Heath scares him away. These strange happenings unnerve Heath, and he increases his diligence in guarding Julia.
After a serious conversation between Heath and Julia were they discuss what their past encounter meant to them, Heath turns up the heat. Julia wages a war between her heart and her mind until her aunt’s gentleman friend, Odham, tells her about her cheating finace. Julia follows her heart and gives it to Heath. They consummate their passion at the Boscastle estate in the country.
When Heath and Julia return to London, odd things continue to happen. A scandalous sketch Julia made of Heath finds its way into the papers. Too late, Heath realizes Auclair has been in London all along. Auclair takes Julia hostage, and Heath races to her rescue.
This is the third of the Boscastle romance series, and I’ve enjoyed all of the stories immensely. The novel is fast paced, and dives the reader into the action from the start. Heath and Julia are interesting characters. Both of them are well developed and their back story is compelling. By the time they consummate their passion, it isn’t just sex for them – it’s love.
The supporting cast is also engaging as bits and pieces of them are reveal,ed throughout the novel. The plot is credible with no holes.
Hunter’s love scenes are passionate and tasteful. The scene where Heath and Julia consummate their passion is more than a sex scene, it’s a love scene. I especially liked an endearing scene where Heath and Julia flirt with each other after they’ve made love with furtive glances while Aunt Hermia is in the room. Heath’s seduction of Julia in the ivy cave is another powerful love scene. “The Wedding Night of an English Rogue” is a delicious romantic escape that is hard to put down. (less)
Hunter weaves an entertaining tale of romance and suspense with “The Love Affair of an English Lord.” Chloe Boscastle, the headstrong younger sister o...moreHunter weaves an entertaining tale of romance and suspense with “The Love Affair of an English Lord.” Chloe Boscastle, the headstrong younger sister of Grayson Boscastle, the Marquess of Sedgecroft, has been banished to the country for her compromising behavior. Chloe has barely settled in when she meets Dominic Breckland, Viscount Stratfield. The only problem to their blossoming romance is that the town thinks Dominic is a ghost!
Hunter’s novel engages the reader from the first page with an intriguing scene that has Dominic hiding in Chloe’s closet. Dominic and Chloe’s story walks a tight rope of romantic suspense, keeping the reader riveted to the page to find out what happens next.
The novel opens with Chloe staying with her Uncle Humphrey and Aunt Gwendolyn in Chistlebury. She’s been banished to the country for her daring behavior in London. Chistlebury is buzzing about the recent death of Viscount Stratfield, Dominic Breckland. Dominic, however, isn’t really dead. He staged his death in order to fret out the criminal who was trying to kill him. After a pursuit, Dominic hides in Chloe’s closet, where she finds the ghost very much alive.
The two are drawn to each other, seeing vulnerabilities in each other they normally wouldn’t due to their own “banished” situations. Dominic leaves, but not before igniting Chloe’s curiosity, and her heart. Despite her better judgment, she keeps the fact he’s alive to herself.
Dominic’s estate has been taken over by his uncle, Edgar. Dominic quickly realizes that it’s his uncle who tried to kill him. Time is of the essence to Dominic. Now that he’s met Chloe, he’s determined to prove his uncle’s guilt so he can court Chloe openly.
While the legend of Dominic’s ghost grows, Chloe and Dominic meet in secret, kindling their love with hot, smoldering kisses and sensual caresses. The couple’s love quickly turns into a burning flame, one that Dominic hungers to make public. He enlists the help of his friend, Adrian Ruxley, to bring his uncle’s crimes to light. After Dominic sets his plan in motion, he confronts his uncle in a harrowing showdown, and narrowly escapes with his life. Chloe reunites with Dominic who no longer has to masquerade as a ghost.
This is the second in the Boscastle series, and I’ve enjoyed all the novels in the series. The story is past paced and hard to put down. The plot comes together nicely. Chloe and Dominic each have an interesting back story, but they seem to come together as a couple quickly, without really getting to know each other first. The supporting cast has a personality that will endear them to the reader. Hunter’s love scenes are graphic, yet tasteful, full of passion.
“The Love Affair of an English Lord” is a delicious romantic romp. (less)
“Push Not the River” is a gripping tale of love and loss, not just on a personal scale, but on a national scale, as the Polish nation is finally taken...more“Push Not the River” is a gripping tale of love and loss, not just on a personal scale, but on a national scale, as the Polish nation is finally taken over by the Russians in 1794. “Push Not the River,” is a story based on the Countess Anna Maria Berezowska’s diary which she kept from 1791-1794. Her story is fascinating, compelling, and will have the reader anxiously turning the page to find out what happens next.
The story begins with seventeen-year-old Anna reeling from the loss of her immediate family. Her father is killed in a fight with a peasant, and her mother, grief stricken, gives premature birth. Anna’s infant brother and her mother also pass away. Anna goes to stay with her aunt and uncle, the Gronska’s. They live in Halicuz, a town in southern Poland. They have a son, Walter, who is in the Russian army, and a daughter, Zofia, a couple of years older than Anna. Zofia takes a liking to Anna, and befriends her.
While exploring the countryside, Anna meets a young man, Count Jan Stelnicki, who is only a few years older than her. Anna finds herself losing her heart to him. When she finally comes out of mourning for her parents, she spends a wonderful day riding with Jan and he asks her to marry him. The moment is ruined as Zofia arrives – jealous that Anna has captured Jan’s heart when she wanted it for herself. A fight ensues and Jan leaves. Anna has sprained her ankle and Zofia goes for help. While Anna waits, she’s raped, and doesn’t recognize her attacker. Finally, her uncle and Walter arrive to take her back to the house.
Anna is pregnant as a result of the rape and is forced into a marriage she doesn’t want to Count Antoni Grawinski. The marriage is unbearable for both of them. Antoni and Jan duel over Anna, but it’s not Jan who kills him, but a mysterious sniper. Just as Anna and Jan are about to give into their feelings, Poland is threatened by yet another partion, and Jan goes off to war before Anna can tell him she loves him. Anna stays with Zofia in Praga, near Warsaw, but Zofia, now Countess Gronska, is an enigma to her cousin, and Anna can’t help but wonder if Zofia is continuing to keep her from Jan. As the Russians burn Praga, both Anna and Zofia face the ultimate challenge.
“Push Not the River,” is wonderfully paced in a grand, sweeping style that will keep the reader enthralled in Anna’s story. The plot is tight, expertly weaving between the destruction of a nation and the love story of Anna and Jan. Anna’s story is so very human, it’s one that leaves the reader thinking about her even after they put the novel down.
Perry pens an enlightening historical account of Henry VIII's sisters, Margaret and Mary, that gives the reader a broader perspective of the Tudors.
Th...morePerry pens an enlightening historical account of Henry VIII's sisters, Margaret and Mary, that gives the reader a broader perspective of the Tudors.
The novel starts off with Perry taking a look at their father, Henry VII. He brought stability to the throne, but despite his attempts to secure his male progeny, only three of his seven children lived to adulthood – Henry VIII, Margaret, Queen of Scots, and Mary, Queen of France. Knowing this, Henry VII muses to his councilors, "Supposing, which God forbid, that all my male progeny should become extinct and the kingdom devolve by law to Margaret's heirs, will England be damaged or benefited?" What's interesting is that when Henry VII said this, it was 1502 and the future looked bright for his house, with Prince Arthur married to Katherine of Aragon. Henry VII had a feeling though that could happen. Perry puts forth that perhaps he felt guilty regarding Perkin Werbeck. (A Richard of York Imposter) Only history knows.
Margaret is older than Henry. She's married to James IV of Scotland when she's 13. Margaret has no problem with childbearing, giving James five children. Unfortunately, only James V lives to adulthood. What is ironic is that Margaret bears her children as her brother's queen, Katherine, suffers through stillborns and failed pregnancies. That must have niggled in the back of her brother's mind.
Henry's younger sister, Mary, goes to France and marries the old king. Within six weeks of the marriage, her husband is dead. Mary then impulsively marries Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk, and lives in England close to Henry.
When Margaret's husband's dies, she becomes regent. She's not a bad one. However, she remarries and the Scottish lords get a new regent, John of Albany. Margaret's new husband is Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus. First, the marriage holds promise and they have a daughter. The Scots run Margaret back to England. Douglas stays to keep his Scottish land and the marriage falls apart. In 1527, the Pope grants Margaret a divorce. Henry VIII is appalled – ironic since he would also petition the Pope for a divorce.
Perry takes Margaret and Mary's story to their deaths against the backdrop of their brother's reign. It's compelling, sad, yet true to the brutal times.
Perry has done her research and it shows. She lists sources in the book. The writing is rather verbose. The book is a slow read, however it's filled with little gems such as Henry VII's musings, Margaret's divorce, and Mary's feelings about Anne Boleyn.
Perry paints full, rich round characters with Margaret and Mary, showing the reader every aspect of their life. Overall, "The Sisters of Henry VIII" helps to give a complete picture of Tudor England. (less)
Hunter dives into regency England, weaving a delightful heart-warming romp of seduction and romance. Set in 1815 England, Hunter introduces the roguis...moreHunter dives into regency England, weaving a delightful heart-warming romp of seduction and romance. Set in 1815 England, Hunter introduces the roguish Boscastle family – four men and one girl full of passion and a desire to live life to its fullest. “The Seduction of an English Scoundrel” tells the story of Grayson Boscastle, the fifth Marquess of Sedgecroft. Grayson has it all – charm, wit, and style, yet he wants to set an example for his roguish siblings and he’s not quite sure where to start.
The novel opens with Grayson hosting a wedding between his cousin, Nigel, and Lady Jane Belshire. Unfortunately, Nigel never shows up. As Jane waits at the bleak altar, Grayson notices her and is impressed by her ability to weather such a devasting event. He admires her fortitude and her physical attributes. His heart goes out to the jilted bride and he offers to save her reputation with the ton by being seen with her. Her parents agree. Jane, who had conspired with Nigel to be jilted at the altar so neither of them would be forced to enter into a loveless marriage, is stunned by Grayson’s offer. She has no recourse but to agree to his plan.
For Grayson, this offer is a bit out of character for him. He’s a scoundrel, not a knight on a white horse. He begins to escort Jane out on the town and quickly finds her alluring. The scoundrel in him can’t help himself – he boldly takes kisses from Jane – kisses that hint of a deeper hunger between them.
As Grayson “falsely” courts Jane for the ton, the courtship takes an unspoken deeper meaning for him. He aches to be with Jane, to show her how desirable she is, and Jane, despite herself, revels in his attention. The white-hot chemistry between the two leads Grayson to take indecent liberties with Jane who gives in with little protest. After all, she’s falling in love with him.
Grayson soon realizes his “false” courtship is real to him. He wants to make Jane his wife – even after discovering how she plotted with Nigel to bring about her wedding disaster. Jane wants to tell him or her duplicitous wedding plot, but fears Grayson will leave her if he does.
Grayson soon contracts with her parents to marry her. Then he takes her to his family’s villa near the sea. They consummate their relationship in a pleasure filled night of bliss. The next day, Jane realizes Grayson knows what she did to wreck her wedding to Nigel. She tries to disentangle herself from Grayson, but it proves a challenge. When Grayson finally admits to it, Jane says she wants him to court her for real or she won’t marry him.
Hunter’s writing is sharp. The plot moves at the right pace, keeping the reader turning the page. Grayson and Jane are perfectly matched and the supporting cast also have their own interesting stories to tell. The love scenes are tasteful and passionate.
Hunter writes in a point of view that shifts between characters within scenes. Known as a “Lonesome Dove” perspective, (after the same novel) this point of view can be confusing to readers, but the romance genre in general is forgiving of it.
“The Seduction of an English Scoundrel” is a wickedly sinful romance that the reader will enjoy. (less)
Damian St. Giles is knight is service to King Edward I. Known as a Dragon of Challon, he finds himself at Glen Shane, Scotland before going to claim h...moreDamian St. Giles is knight is service to King Edward I. Known as a Dragon of Challon, he finds himself at Glen Shane, Scotland before going to claim his ancestral lands. Damian also possesses the "kenning" in which he sees his lover, helpmate, and wife. On May Day he doesn't expect to find her and he doesn't expect to be in her bed.
A Scottish historical romance, "In Her Bed," is set 1296, when Edward Longshanks of England wants Scotland. He sends his English knights to claim Scottish fiefs and wed Scottish noblewoman to bread a nation. Damian St. Giles is once such knight, but he has his own mind. Damian possesses the "kenning" a gift from his Scottish mother. The woman of his dreams haunts him and be believes that woman to be Tamlyn Ogilvie, who is engaged to marry Damian's cousin, Julian. Heartbroken, Damian drowns his sorrows in mead. Three teenage triplets promise him his heart's desire. They kidnap him and take him to Lyonglen.
Aithinne Ogilvie is the Lady of Lyonglen and she desperately desires to have a child. She believes the child will allow her to keep the glen, but when she sees Damian in her bed, she has doubts. Through her use of the kenning, she discoverers his heart favors Tamyln. Interestingly enough, while cousins, Aithinne and Tamlyn favor each other. Chained to her bed, Damian makes love to Aithinne. However, she's anguished by her deceit and sends Damian away after two nights with a tansy that's suppose to make him forget.
Three weeks later Damian arrives at Lyonglen to claim his inheritance and meets Aithinne again. With no drugs clouding his mind he realizes she's the woman of his dreams, but can Damian and Aithinne find love outside of her bed?
Having read "One Snowy Knight" I wanted to read more by McGillivray. This book did not disappoint. I did not want to put it down.
McGillivray's writing is crisp and sharp, engaging the reader on the first page. There's wonderful balance in the language, which makes vivid descriptions yet never lingers. It's easy to picture the book's setting, which made it easy for me to be drawn into the world of the characters.
Damian is honest and noble with a true sense of responsibility and passion, which give him depth. His rearing of Moffet, his bastard son, is admirable. Aithinne is all witch, and while her motives are good, her actions are questionable. When Damian walks into her life, she realizes in order to keep him, she'll have to be honest.
The love scenes are sensual, invoking true passion and a kenning bond between Aithinne and Damian.
"In Her Bed" is a deliciously guilty pleasure full of action, adventure, and romance.(less)
Evanovich pens a deliciously satisfying sequel to her Stephanie Plum series with "Two for the Dough." Set in contemporary New Jersey, Stephanie is a b...moreEvanovich pens a deliciously satisfying sequel to her Stephanie Plum series with "Two for the Dough." Set in contemporary New Jersey, Stephanie is a bounty hunter. Her task? Bring in Kenny Mancuso. It's a windfall, but catching Kenny proves a challenge.
"Two for the Dough," effortlessly captures the fun of the first novel. Joe Morelli is back as a vice officer on the hunt for Kenny and as a distraction for Stephanie. Grandma Mazur is just as crazy as she was in the first novel, but now she's got a .45 magnum. Stephanie's also hired to find 24 lost coffins by Spiro. She's got her hands full.
Stephanie's still a novice at bounty hunting, but soon learns Kenny, along with his buddies, Moogey and Spiro, were up to smuggling weapons. Everyone wants a piece of Kenny – his ex-girlfriend, Spiro, the cops, and of course, Stephanie. Can she get the "dough" before Kenny carries through on his threats?
Evanovich's writing style is easy to read and thoroughly engaging. The supporting cast of characters also add their own spice. The plot is very solid. Evanovich plants subtle clues that are easy to miss between the hijinks and deadly intentions. Evanovich captures elements of humor, mystery, crime, and romance and bundles them all up in a great story. "Two for the Dough" is a definite page turner. (less)