Pure candy read for me. not that it's sweetness and light- in fact, its a bit anxty. just that is dessert for me. An easy, enjoyable read.
Aiden GravesPure candy read for me. not that it's sweetness and light- in fact, its a bit anxty. just that is dessert for me. An easy, enjoyable read.
Aiden Graves is literally the strongest and the silentest of heroes. Van is quirkey smart and cute. I honestly would never ever put them together because, let's face it, willowy blonds are what NFL players fall for, not anime loving, multi colored haired chicks with glasses, who dress like Minions for Halloween. (She's adorable).
So yeah, it's a far fetched fantasy but utterly romantic.
Both MC's are come from abusive pasts and how Aiden loves her through hers are the stuff of White Knight legends. However he never declares his love, so she labors under the delusion of their marriage of convenience throughout the story.
Their love story slowly unwinds and there's no bedroom action up in here until the end. But because both Vanessa and Aiden are two awesome people- they get 4 stars from me....more
At first I was like, yesssss, I like it. Alpha shifter has no idea he's about to fall like timber for a latent werewolf non-shifting alpha female. I'mAt first I was like, yesssss, I like it. Alpha shifter has no idea he's about to fall like timber for a latent werewolf non-shifting alpha female. I'm going along with a full head of steam interested in seeing these two realize they were MFEO (meant for each other) and also how these two will defeat the Hero's uncle who's after his pack... till about half way thru... when I promptly fell out of love with the heroine.
Shifter authors, strong female does not necessarily equal raging bitch. If I wouldn't want to be her friend, I'm not invested. I pushed my way through another quarter way before I gave up.
I needed an escape read/ go-to the other week, so I went straight to Dame McNaught. I’m sad that she doesn’t write any more, but her oldies still do iI needed an escape read/ go-to the other week, so I went straight to Dame McNaught. I’m sad that she doesn’t write any more, but her oldies still do it for me. (although rumor has it… 2017?)
It’s been awhile since I read Ian and Elizabeth’s story, but the first sentence reeled me back in. There is something to be said about that.
Elizabeth, The Countess of Havenhurst, is practically destitute, despite her title. But she’s okay with that. She loves managing the estate, which she’s had to do since her half brother disappeared several years ago, even with a diminished staff and no money. She bargains like the shrewdest market trader, keeps the books and a budget, and loves her flower garden. She has no family left-just the staff who stayed behind. No family, but one- her uncle. And he wants her married and out of his hair.
So he does the unthinkable- he sends letters to any gentleman that previously offered their hand in marriage to Lady Cameron...even though they were summarily rejected. Because Elizabeth is quite the beauty, that number is pretty significant. One problem? The scandal that ruined all her prospects.
Now she must endure the shame of having her uncle practically selling her off to the lowest bidder. But this is why I love Elizabeth- she doesn’t let such things settle on her. Nope, she figures out a way to outsmart him- well him and the three gentleman who actually agreed to the ludicrous request.
Now she must spend time with each and make her choice. And she's determined to be her very worst with each except one. Mr. Ian Thornton. The source of the scandal. Why this man agreed to the arrangement she’ll never know, but she’s about to find out.
Ian has no idea what prankster got it in their head to play such a cruel joke on him in the guise of a marriage offer to the empty headed beautiful young woman who nearly derailed him 3 years ago. But he wants none of it. Thinking he dismissed the offer with a resounding no, imagine his surprise at having her show up at his family homestead in Scotland.
Due to a miscommunication on his part however, he’s unable to get rid of her and they settle in for the pre-requisite time. But it’s just enough time to fall in love once again.
Despite the fact they seemed to be destined for each other, lies and secrets lie between them and with two equally willful people, it’s bound to tear them apart.
I love these two. Ian because he’s uber intelligent and broody and very like the Mr. Thornton of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. ::dreamy sigh:: Elizabeth because she’s clever and so well read and mostly because she can hold her own with Ian while still remaining sweet and likeable. I want to be her friend.
There is more than one misunderstanding in this book. I know, I know- everyone hates the big misunderstanding plot twist, including me right about now, but McNaught is the reason everyone uses it- because when it’s done right, like she always manages... it just works. There’s many painful and beautiful moments in the this story, but for some reason, the one that remained with me through all these years since I first read Almost Heaven, was the epilogue. Ian Thorntan with his son. That little interaction never left me and I’m not sure why.
I should mark this dnf because I pretty much skimmed the last 40% of it. Ya know the movie Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray? Change Bill to a womanI should mark this dnf because I pretty much skimmed the last 40% of it. Ya know the movie Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray? Change Bill to a woman, make her slightly less obnoxious, set it in Regency England, and you get the plot. Many characters populate the village the mc's "stuck" in, but most never seemed fleshed out enough to make them interesting. The Hero? Pretty much dull as a overused cliché. The Heroine? Ugh.
I think I would have been okay with this Romance Novel, but her lesson learning went on for far too long. I got bored with watching her self absorption and self pity....more
Wrapped the trilogy up nicely- an added star for this alone. But thats just it. It was too nice. Add Lots of meetings and strategic "talks"- a conveniWrapped the trilogy up nicely- an added star for this alone. But thats just it. It was too nice. Add Lots of meetings and strategic "talks"- a convenient and lazy way to info dump imo- and...I was bored through most of it. :/...more