Stuck on a 7 hr United airlines flight with no media (I think I was on the oldest plane in their fleet!), I decided, “Kindle it is!”.
Instantly intriguStuck on a 7 hr United airlines flight with no media (I think I was on the oldest plane in their fleet!), I decided, “Kindle it is!”.
Instantly intrigued by the prologue in The Bird and The Sword, I realized the author is playing in inspy fields with her novels. (Though not outright inspirational romance, she’s definitely in the ball park with her settings.) I’m not opposed to Inspies as some are, I actually usually find them lackluster so usually avoid them. But his is more about "what if" of ancient judeo lands more than faith, so don't let that stop you. My first Amy Harmon, I don’t think it’ll be my last (Already have the Law of Moses downloaded!)
With a fantasy setting of ancient to medieval times, the opening sees a child named Lark and her mother cut down before her, because of the magic in both of them. Years later, Lark is once again placed in the path of the Prince whose father murdered her mother. But her own brutal father is more frightening to her, so when Prince Tiras takes her captive, she's willing to leave with him.
Tiras holds the throne of the Kingdom, but he’s losing himself and his grip on it to a curse spoken over him and his father by Lark’s mother at the time of her death. However, Lark is the very weapon to save the kingdom from grasping pretenders- (her father chief among them)- and also to setting Tiras free, if he can learn to trust the silent woman now residing in his courts.
I liked Lark so much, and Tiras grew on me. I got almost immediately what was going on with him, but how it happened never really occurred to me until we get the full story at the end.
Like I said, this author is now on my radar and I'm diving in for more! ...more
I’ve written reviews on this several times and somehow they always disappear :)
Anyway, here we go again. One of my favorite old category romances frI’ve written reviews on this several times and somehow they always disappear :)
Anyway, here we go again. One of my favorite old category romances from Sandra Brown, Adam’s Fall plays on the Florence nightingale troupe to good effect, actually, and that’s because the heroine is well aware of it. Adam, hotel mogul and good friend of Lilah’s sister Fanta C, has fallen while mountain climbing. There is a good possibility he may never walk again. As a favor to her sister, Lilah agrees to take on his physical therapy. Only thing is- Adam and Lilah have despised each other from their first meeting.
This antagonism has masked a very deep attraction however, and it also is what will push him to heal.
Although dated (1988), I still enjoy this one every time I read it. Dialogue is key for me and the old dames of Romance sure knew how to write it. Even though written entirely by the heroine’s third person POV, you knew exactly what was going on in the hero’s head because of the brilliant verbal sparring between the two.
Quick easy read, if you like romance, easily read in one sitting. :D ...more
I thought I was re-reading the first in the series, but I was one off. :) Anywho, I read this series long ago in the heyday of my hist-rom reading. II thought I was re-reading the first in the series, but I was one off. :) Anywho, I read this series long ago in the heyday of my hist-rom reading. I actually liked Only Mine, but not as much as I’m sure I did the first time around.
Lady Jessica Charteris is about to be forced into an appalling marriage to a moneyed Lord full of drink and age. She wants none of it. So she forces Wolfe Lonetree, her oldest and dearest friend into marriage instead. (Really? You didn't like it, why would he??) Wolfe, the half native American son of a British viscount doesn’t believe she will be able to endure the American frontier which is his life, but he also cannot leave her alone forced to married the revolting British Lord who attacked her. So he agrees to a marriage in name only, sure he’ll be able to run off the lovely but spoiled friend of his youth and get an annulment later down the road.
Naïve though she is about the marriage bed, (She tells him she wants the marriage in name only because the idea of sex is disgusting and frightening to her), Lady Jessica is not one to back down from a challenge. Stronger than Wolfe could imagine, he will still test her limits, for she will have to be stronger than his prejudice and misconceptions.
Love wins in the end of course, but not before you want to bang their heads together. I had to look past a lot of their eye roll worthy behavior toward each other to get there. Most reviewers have a hard time with Wolfe- for me it was Jessica. BUT the author at least gave Lady Jess motivations behind her silliness. I would have given up without it.
I know I know, so why would I recommend it? Because, Honestly, I truly did like the book- even on this long later re-read. The pages flew by and I totally got lost in their story once again. And I mean really, isn’t that why we read trashy romance novels?
I read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
Very much like early Kristen Ashely'sI read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
Very much like early Kristen Ashely's MC books- only better dialogue and less sex. (Don't get me wrong there's lovin up in here, but there's a build up to it.) The tension between Dex and Iris is hot. Immediately he says some mean stuff abour her but she doesn't let him get entirely away with it. Stuck together because she desperately needs the work he's providing, she'll bide her time till she can get out.
Her deadbeat Dad puts a monkey wrench into her plans of moving on when a rival MC club decided to take out the money he owes on Iris and her beloved older brother. Now they have to find him in two weeks time to pay up. Since Dex is first and foremost an MC brother to her brother, he's there to help protect Iris
Somewhere along the way they start to like each other- and when the time comes? Leaving is the last thing she wants to do.
Typical MC culture, but the focus of the setting is more on Dex's ink shop rather than the club which makes it way more interesting to me- and hot! ::pssst: he's also pierced, ya know...down. there.:: :D
Even though there's some editing issues (it's one of her first releases), This one gets heated a little earlier than her later novels and I think I like it best out of her backlist....more
Okay I lie, I dnf'd it, so technically not read. I don't know why I pick these books up because I always hate them. This one I was "okay" with for a lOkay I lie, I dnf'd it, so technically not read. I don't know why I pick these books up because I always hate them. This one I was "okay" with for a little, even though I pegged it as college age romantic fantasy early on. When the author lost me? ::And I'm laughing even now at the ridiculousness of it as I write this::... (view spoiler)[ The hero is an heir to the royal throne of The Netherlands!! Wha??? You do know author there is STILL royalty in The Netherlands? No where is there a "Prince Casimir" in that mix! Are we not even trying for a semblance of credulity anymore?? Is this book PNR in an alternate universe? ::looks at cover::: nope. C'mon, at least make it a fake kingdom in a made up country like the romance writers of yore. I don't know, maybe I would have rolled with it if I haven't had visited The Netherlands, and continue to have close friends there. Then again probably not. Just wrong on so many levels. (hide spoiler)]
I read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
For all you rockstar lurve genre fans, this one'sI read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
For all you rockstar lurve genre fans, this one's for you. After finishing school and getting dumped by her douche bag boyfriend, aimless and restless, she reluctantly agrees to join her twin brother on tour with his opening band. She's not exactly thrilled about selling merchandise once again for the band, having quit before because they act like a bunch of frat boys while on tour, but she needs the money and the change of scenery.
Sacha is the lead singer for the headlining band- and his voice is so beautiful it hurts. When she meets him, by kicking him in the ass thinking it's on of her guy bffs, she's stunned and mortified because he's as beautiful as his voice.
Since the two bands are touring together on one bus, it makes for quick intimacy. Yet, Its a a gradual thing their falling in love, but I so enjoyed going along for the ride even though this sub-genre is not one I truly get into.
The slow burn in all MZ's novels are what makes them all truly wonderful, including this one.
Gaby is tom boyish yet all girl- the way she handles her brother and guy bffs she grew up with and the very real care and love they have for her, if a bit rough and tumble, made me relate to her well, having a similar relationship with my kid brother. She and Sacha worked for me, even though at different times I was like, "he's gonna pass up sleepin with gorgeous models and the sheer quantity of women who throw themselves at rockstars for one chick? yeah right." Still, I rolled with it, because I liked them both so much as characters.
::warning this one doesnt get sex until later in the story, but dont let that stop ya from givin it a shot if you like this sorta romance::...more
Took me awhile to get thru this one. kept getting distracted. says alotta about a book if it cant hold my attention. yet. yet i kept coming back to itTook me awhile to get thru this one. kept getting distracted. says alotta about a book if it cant hold my attention. yet. yet i kept coming back to it- and I'm glad I did.
a mysterious event has occured in London. for a time, all the supernaturals lose their super...ness. almost as if sections of London have touched the preternatural Lady Alexia Tarabotti Maccon all at once.
To solve the mystery Lady Maccon travels to Scotland- where her husband Conall has absconded off to with no warning. Meanwhile, Alexia's life is threatened around every turn.
Dirigibles, Egyptian mummies, steam punk gadgets galore. i love this world and Carrianger always makes me laugh out loud.
I cant quite put my finger on why it took me so long to fully engage in Changeless. but I do know once Alexia and her fledgling Protectorate hit Scotland, it picked up. Perhaps its because that's when Lord and Lady Conall finally catch up? (I do so hate when favorite couples are kept apart with nothing to fill their shoes.)
but the ending... tsk tsk tsk. Someone's gotta lotta making up to do in the next book is all I got to say......more
A blind girl from a walled city of France, an orphaned German techno-prodigy, an obsessed sergeant major of the third reich, and a fabled gem that seeA blind girl from a walled city of France, an orphaned German techno-prodigy, an obsessed sergeant major of the third reich, and a fabled gem that seems to contain the power of immortality to those who posses it- and death to all they love. All tell a story highlighting the lowest of human nature- as well as the highest.
The narrative is split into different perspectives and different settings, building up to the climax of the story. Honestly? This did not bother me. Sometimes the “head hopping” form of story telling gets on my nerves, but the author did a fine job of making each character’s story intriguing enough to keep me going. It definitely added to the anticipation of if and when their stories converge…which they did eventually. I will confess to a bit of impatience the closer we got to it.
My one frustration is much the same as others who have expressed disappointment with this novel- the ending. I can’t share it because- spoilers!- but I can’t help but feel that one of the characters the author just tossed away in the end for no good reason. (For crying out loud, even the fated diamond- which was itself another character- got a better ending!)
Otherwise I liked the novel very much. It’s not a challenging read frankly, and an easy first step into literary, if you have yet to venture that far. ...more
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.