I read this book on the high recommendation of a friend. This time period usually isn't what I choose to read for Historical romances, but I am so gla...moreI read this book on the high recommendation of a friend. This time period usually isn't what I choose to read for Historical romances, but I am so glad that I did. Jeremy and Lucy were so very fun and entertaining.
Lucy is on a hunt to capture the one man she has 'loved' nearly her entire life. She fears that if she doesn't act soon, then this love of hers, Toby, is going to propose to another woman, Sophia. So Lucy sneaks away to the bedroom of a long time friend, Jeremy, one night and seeks out practice at seduction. Now this is a man Lucy has forever ribbed and taunted, trying for eight years to get under his skin. That night soon leads into Jeremy acting the besotted fool to Lucy in an attempt to make Toby jealous. However, Jeremy claims to be doing it to protect Lucy from making a fool of herself, but what neither of them realize, is love really is blooming, just not where either of them ever expected!
There were some truly lovely scenes in this book. Some will make you laugh, some will make you want to yell at Lucy to grow up, and others will make your palms sweaty from the heat that generates between Lucy and Jeremy. Tessa Dare has some amazing prose. Several places I marked to go back to reread through. Several paragraphs that just left you breathless.
I enjoyed this book so much that I went and bought the third book in the series, which just so happens to be Toby's! And I will be on the lookout for the second book, which is Sophia's! I am really looking forward to reading these next two in this trilogy. Both are characters that I enjoyed reading, especially Sophia. Even though she was a rival to Lucy in this book, you couldn't help but like her!(less)
I was rather surprised with this book. I knew I would enjoy it, or at least I had high expectations that I would, and I did, more so than I expected....moreI was rather surprised with this book. I knew I would enjoy it, or at least I had high expectations that I would, and I did, more so than I expected. I have read two other Bujold books, The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, and while both of them had a subtle romance in them, neither of them were to the extent of this one. The Sharing Knife: Beguilement turned out to be a fantasy romance, rather than a fantasy with some romantic elements! The building of the relationship between Dag and Fawn was pretty much the main focus of the book. And being the romance reader that I am, I fell in love with these characters, faults and all. And Dag sure does have some physical flaws :).
There was very little action as you learn about the world and who the Lakewalkers and farmers are. Dag is a patroller with a dark and sorrowful past for the Lakewalkers. Lakewalkers have patrol groups that track the land for malices--evil creatures that wreak havoc on the land and the people. Dag encounters Fawn, a farmer girl, being abducted by mud-men, which are malice controlled people. However, Dag leaves her to continue his tracking of the malice, and once again Fawn finds herself captured and taken to the malice. A strange thing occurs when Dag arrives just in time to save Fawn from eminent death when he tosses Fawn his Sharing Knives, the only thing able to kill a malice, and uses one of them to destroy the evil thing. The incident binds the two together until they can travel back to Dag's home in order to make sense of this strangeness.
During their time together, the two begin to form an attraction for one another, but there is much prejudice between the two people, Lakewalkers and farmers, causing you to wonder how will the two persevere, enabling them to explore the feelings growing between them.
I found the concept of the Sharing Knives and the story behind them to be some fabulously cool bit of imaginative thinking. The world and the people were simple enough to follow, nothing too overly detailed. This book streamed steadily along as you journey with Dag and Fawn. You learn the world as you learn about them through dialogue. Highly engaging and fascinating. I am eager to pick up the next book, Legacy (The Sharing Knife, Book 2) to see what more is awaiting Dag and Fawn, as they continue their journey together.
I would definitely recommend this book to those that love a good fantasy romance. This is a five star book, in my opinion! And there are actually 4 books out in The Sharing Knife series. After Legacy, there is Passage and then Horizon, that continue the journey of Dag and Fawn. Some reviews I've read think that the pacing is slow in these books, but my experience reading Beguilement was that it was the perfect flow for my tastes. If you want action, then maybe this isn't such a great choice for you. But if you like a good character driven book, then give this one a try!(less)
I love books such as this one. Light, with some nice heart-tugging scenes. Allie Morgan is an American and a ghost ouster. She helps people rid themse...moreI love books such as this one. Light, with some nice heart-tugging scenes. Allie Morgan is an American and a ghost ouster. She helps people rid themselves of those pesky specters. Gabe MacGowen is the owner of the Odin's Thumb pub in Scotland. He has a pack of pesky ghosts he needs quieted in order to sell his pub. So after browsing the internet, he contacts Allie to do the job.
Allie accepts and finds herself in the rugged, beautiful country of Scotland, situated in a small coastal town that Allie learns has an uncanny way of attracting ghosts. But once she gets there she soon discovers that it's not the band of ghosts she needs to worry about but a ghost more evil and malevolent than she's ever experienced before. The ghost of Gabe's dead wife, Kait.
I thought this was a very light and sweetly sensual tale of ghosts, and the healing power of love. There was a touch of silliness along with a dash of creepiness at the end. (less)
Camry, a rocket scientist like her mother, fears the magic that seems to inflict everyone in her family. After losing her job at NASA from stress and...moreCamry, a rocket scientist like her mother, fears the magic that seems to inflict everyone in her family. After losing her job at NASA from stress and lack of focus, no thanks to another scientist in France, a man who questions one of her formulas through email and he just happens to be right, Camry flees and secrets herself away in the small coastal town of Go Back Cove.
Then a handsome stranger shows up, and Camry finds herself forced by the magic she fears to reevaluate her life. But Camry soon discovers that this stranger is not actually a stranger at all, but the very scientist whom Camry had the unfortunate pleasure of passing emails with--Lucian Renoir, or rather Luke Pascal. Camry and Luke realize that there's no point in fighting the magic, for Providence will have it's way.
When I pick up a Janet Chapman book I know I'm going to get something special. Something filled with magic and a sweetly sensual romance. I'm going to get two people falling in love with fun and witty dialogue along the way. And in A Highlander Christmas I got just that. This one is another of her wonderful Highlander novels Starring Camry MacKeage, one of the seven daughters of Greylen and Grace MacKeage who began this delightful series in Charming the Highlander.
Another lighthearted tale by Janet Chapman. Just right for this holiday season to brighten your day and warm your heart! BELIEVE IN THE MAGIC! (less)
After reading Goddess of the Hunt and Surrender of a Siren, I was eager to read this third in the trilogy about Bel and the poor jilted Toby. And what...moreAfter reading Goddess of the Hunt and Surrender of a Siren, I was eager to read this third in the trilogy about Bel and the poor jilted Toby. And what a wonderful set of books these are.
Toby's determined to gain some sort of revenge on the man who 'stole' his intended, the beautiful Sophia, and Bel is determined to find a man with decent political standings in order to become a 'lady of influence' among London society. There's no room in her life for love and desire, not with her goals for charity and helping the less fortunate. Yet Toby awakens within her a craving for passion that terrifies her.
Their marriage is nearly doomed from the beginning, for Toby promises things that he shouldn't, only to appease Bel in order for her to find him to be the one suitable husband she seeks. Each of them have their doubts of worthiness regarding their own significance to the other. I think Tessa Dare did an outstanding job formulating how Toby and Bel struggle with their issues and realize and come to terms with their shortcomings.
I wasn't sure what I thought of Bel in the beginning, with her rather 'holier than thou' attitude in her quiet and innocent sort of way. But over the course of the book, I began to understand and accept her behavior and beliefs. That's the one thing about how a person is shaped after tragic incidents in their past. You just don't know. Everyone deals with things differently and takes from them what they will, shaping them into who they will become. And with what Bel suffered with her mom, her father, and her brothers, well, I can understand how she would grow to want the things she does and fear the things she fears, such as desire and love.
I greatly enjoyed the conclusion of this trilogy with Bel and Toby. And I loved the way all three books tied into the other. Such wonderful characters. It was a pleasure spending more time with Lucy and Jeremy, and Sophia and Gray. And even the side story with Gray's and Bel's brother, Joss and Lucy's physician, Hetta. That was a sweet surprise and one I was very thankful to read!
A fine historical trilogy, one I would not hesitate recommending to others!(less)
Afraid of growing old, never experiencing passion and love, Arabella KacKenzie seeks an adventure. When she confronts her father, the Black Stag of Ki...moreAfraid of growing old, never experiencing passion and love, Arabella KacKenzie seeks an adventure. When she confronts her father, the Black Stag of Kintail, Duncan MacKenzie, with her idea, he's dead set against it. But with the help of her mother and dear friend Sir Marmaduke, Duncan is persuaded into letting Arabella have her way. He is for the most part responsible for Arabella's lonely, unmarried state, refusing and scaring off potential suitors.
Now on her adventure out to sea as she heads to a special island, Seal Isle, bequeathed to her by her father as part of her bride price, Arabella runs into the dreaded Black Vikings. A myth most people claim them to be. She remembers seeing the horror as the evil Vikings destroy the merchant cog ship she's on, killing everyone aboard. Yet she finds herself saved by Darroc MacConacher, Laird of the MacConachers of MacConacher Isle.
Darroc MacConacher is set on vengeance against the Mackenzies for their part in the legendary slaughter of his clan many years ago. But when he realizes who the beauty is laying in his bed recovering from her wounds, a battle ignites within himself, for he wants the lass like he’s never wanted one before. She fires his blood, as he fires hers. He wants Arabella, but can he put aside his dislike for the MacKenzies and accept and take the love Arabella offers him?
I very much loved this sweet, and at times haunting tale. There are several things that enhanced this book, making it a pleasure to sink into. Always reading about Duncan and Linnet MacKenzie (Devil in a Kilt) puts a smile on my face. The ever proud, and stubborn it's-my-way-or-the-highway Duncan. Well, when his lovely wife Linnet isn't around, that is, putting him back in his place with her quiet and patient nature. And this one being about Arabella, Duncan's eldest daughter, he and Linnet have a nice role throughout.
And of course, the ever present Devorgilla of Doon. A MacKenzie tale wouldn't be right if the old crone wasn't concocting some magic or other to ensure that love blossoms and blooms as she's tucked away on her little isle looking over those she holds dear.
This installment in the MacKenzies is a true treasure, one that left me with a smile, a warm heart, and a renewal of my desire to visit the faraway land of Scotland. It’s always such a pleasure to be whisked away, and in A Highlander’s Temptation, Ms. Welfonder does it on the turbulent waters surrounding the Hebridean Isles off the coast of Scotland. A delightful and charming romantic tale of the healing power of love! (less)
This is not your typical Megan Hart book, or at least not what I've come to expect. It isn't that it's not highly engaging with characters being put i...moreThis is not your typical Megan Hart book, or at least not what I've come to expect. It isn't that it's not highly engaging with characters being put in heart wrenching situations. It's that it does not have the page upon page of erotic, explicit encounters, for which I think Megan Hart steals the cake when it comes to mastering those titillating scenes of the flesh and incorporating that into an emotionally compelling read. It is rather mild for over half the book, but what you do get is a building of a friendship between the two main characters, Tranquilla Caden and Gabriel Delessan, as well as between Tranquilla and his staff.
In No Greater Pleasure the sexually charged atmosphere is toned down to a slow and engaging build-up as Tranquilla, the Handmaiden assigned to Delessan, learns her new master and attempts to gain the knowledge she needs to bring him absolute solace. As well as making friends with the staff and earning herself a respectable place in their eyes.
Gabriel Delessan is a dark, mysterious, brooding, unhappy man. His wife is a mad, conniving, deceitful woman. And she makes his life miserable. He'd like to think that when she has moments of clarity that she will remain that way, but she ends up that despicable person once again. So he requests a Handmaiden from the Order of Solace, hoping to find some sort of peace in his very unhappy existence. Yet Gabriel fights and argues with Quilla nearly every step of the way as she tries to sooth him. But what he doesn't realize, is that over the course of the months she's been serving him, she has been breaking through his barriers, on act, one word, one gesture at a time.
But you may be wondering the same as I did, how can this be a romance if Delessan is married and refuses Quilla in any intimate fashion? And that is where Megan Hart's talent as a writer shines, and makes her stories different from the rest. Her characters are put in situations that aren't typical and where there's a will, there's a way, and happiness lies down that road. If ever there was a man who needed some happiness, it's Gabriel Delessan (and what a great name too!) and Quilla the perfect soul to mend his torn and broken heart, giving him perfect Solace.
I enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful addition to the first one, Pleasure and Purpose. But I must say that I was a tad disappointed for the lack of sex. And I only say that because I have come to expect it, especially since the first book was extremely potent, but that's the only place my disappointment lies. This one may have been toned down on the explicitness, but it still tugged on my emotions at the end something fierce. I loved the story and I think the Order of Solace is a grand concept and makes for delightful reads. (less)
Set in a vague fantasy world, Pleasure and Purpose consists of three novellas. Each of them centered around a member of the Order of Solace. A place w...moreSet in a vague fantasy world, Pleasure and Purpose consists of three novellas. Each of them centered around a member of the Order of Solace. A place where women are trained to bring a person to complete solace. According to their religious beliefs, each time they bring a person to complete solace another arrow fills the quiver, bringing the Holy Family one step closer to returning to the land once again.
Pleasure and Purpose is based around three friends. For years they've been the best of boon companions, enjoying the sins of the flesh, indulging in drink and drugs, but then tragedy strikes and their lives are forever changed.
In the first novella, Stillness is sent to Edward. Guilt has been riding him for years since the night of the terrible accident. He hopes to find solace with her, and who better than the handmaiden called Stillness to still the guilt that has consumed him. This one was the hottest of the three. A little menage action in this one.
The second is Honesty. Honesty is requested by the Prince, Cillian. He has seen what the handmaiden Stillness did for his estranged friend Edward and wants that too. Because within him lies pain from the loss of his friend as well as the unfortunate event years ago. He is spoiled, and with Honesty she opens his eyes, causing him to be honest with himself and to see that his way of life isn't what he truly wants.
The handmaiden Determinata is requested by both Edward and Cillian for their lost friend Alaric. He wasn't directly affected by the event that took place years ago with Cillian and Edward, but indirectly, he's been affected. Now a woman has caused him to hit rock bottom, but with the help of one very determined handmaiden named Determinata, Alaric is soon on his way to recovery and acceptance of himself. You see Alaric is Submissive and Mina is a Dominant, and together they are perfect!
I loved the way this book was put together. Even though it was three novellas, it felt like one story with three happily ever afters. You can't get much better than that! I've read a few of Megan Hart's Spice books, and I find them to be extremely emotional, but Pleasure and Purpose did not have that intensity. Which was perfect because it allows you to enjoy the eroticism that fills nearly every page! The emotional level may be turned down in this one, but the heat level is near scorching.
I am very much looking forward to reading No Greater Pleasure next month! (less)
Over the course of a few years now I've seen the Mercy Thompson books and watched as each new book released and read how much loved the series is. Whe...moreOver the course of a few years now I've seen the Mercy Thompson books and watched as each new book released and read how much loved the series is. When I saw that there was a new series which spawned from that one, I thought I'd finally give it a try. I bought Cry Wolf and it sat on my shelf for over a year! I was recommended to read Alpha and Omega in the Anthology On the Prowl. I did and I would recommend it now too. Cry Wolf opens immediately after the events of the novella. But I do think there is enough information given over the course of Cry Wolf to fill you in on what did transpire in the novella, that if you chose not to read, you'd be okay.
I did really love Cry Wolf. The events and the world building flowed seamlessly. Not being familiar with the Mercy Thompson books yet, I wondered if I would feel lost with the world and the rules, so I was pleased that Patricia Briggs did a wonderful job building the world in a way that wouldn't feel redundant to the Mercy fans or confusing for the first timers to this world of werewolves, witches, magic and apparently Fae and Vampires! I had no idea there were so many different beings. I thought it was just werewolves!
Cry Wolf is fluent and page-turning, with rich characters. Anna and Charles were such a pleasure to read about, as Anna learns to trust Charles after the brutality she suffered in her original pack. I look forward to reading the next book, Hunting Ground, as well as reading the Mercy Thompson books too! (Which I just added Moon Called to my shelf this evening!)(less)