Taken to the Limit is the 1st novella in the Limit War series. Being the first means it has the burd...more(This was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Taken to the Limit is the 1st novella in the Limit War series. Being the first means it has the burden to set the whole world-building and since it's a novella it has to do this in only 68 pages! Still, even if this felt like Mission Impossible, Nico Rosso delivered a story that makes me want to read more. Taken to the Limit is a sci-fi romance...why am I not reading more sci-fi romances??? This genre rocks! (Ahem...Don't miss Susi's post about Sci-fi Romance Vs PNR next Wednesday)
Yes, I was very curious to read a romance written by a man. Well let me tell you, I found it more interesting than many books written by women. But shhhhhhh it's a secret *wink*. Korina is a Doctor in a hospital, her life changes forever the day she meets Morrow and a wounded man. The man needs help, but helping him will throw Korina in the middle of a war. It became clear that they are not from Earth when weird aliens (Dusk Warriors) attacks them in the ER. It's too late for Korina to go back, she can't pretend nothing happened and that there aren't monsters on her planet ready to destroy her world.
Morrow is a Nightfighter, those soldiers work alone and are already considered dead by their family and friends. When Morrow decides to help his friend by asking Korina to save him, he doesn't realize it will change her life...and his. I really like Korina and Morrow, they are both fighters in their own way. Korina's battle field is the ER where Morrow's is every planet the Dusk Warriors try to invade. I wish this book would have been longer, so that the relationship between them would have taken its time to develop. It felt a bit rushed but again this is a 'novella' problem, not this book in particular. But on the other hand, I can understand that the fear, the fights, the feeling of doom, can make things happen faster between two people. So yeah, it still worked!
While reading this book, I kept stopping to take notes (well I had to learn how to make notes on the Ereader). I don't often take notes, but some lines were just too good to be forgotten. I really enjoyed reading it. I should mention a very very interesting smex scene with zero gravity!! This was a first for me and I was pleasantly surprised. *g* There is an aspect of Sci-fi that I love...it's the new technology (yes I'm a Stargate fan). I loved Morrow's weapon (which has a name and a female voice *g*) and his armor, which I find fantastic.
Taken to the Limit is a very good start for a series that promises to get even better. If you love science-fiction (well even if you don't) and romance this is the right story for you. It's action-packed and sweet at the same time. If you've never read Science-fiction before and you're a bit scared of it, this is the perfect book to start. I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series.
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (yes quite a mouthful), is the 2nd book in the Impossible...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (yes quite a mouthful), is the 2nd book in the Impossible Bachelors series. I really loved the first installment and I was very excited to start this one. I read Dukes to the left of Me (for short) very fast. It was a pleasure to read from start to end even if I'm not 100% happy with aspects of the plot. But once again, Kieran portrays great characters you can't help but love.
Lady Poppy has become a master in the art of refusing a proposal. She got a LOT of marriage proposals in the last couple of years. Each time, she refuses, telling her suitor she can't marry him because she's secretly engaged to the Duke of Drummond, that they are in love and will soon marry. Yes, Poppy invented herself a secret admirer to politely refuse her unwanted suitors. Poppy is one bright and fierce young woman . I really liked her and her friends. They decided they'd rather be Spinsters than marry someone they don't love (Good for you girls!). They want to marry for love, they take their future in their own hands rather than let anyone decide for them. Poppy doesn't refuse all these men for no reason, she's been in love with Sergei, a Russian prince, since she was 15, when they met for a week in St Petersburg. She's finally going to see him again after all those years...
Sadly, everything changes when the ,very real, Dukes of Drummond appears one day and asks for her hand in public. As you can see, she can't very well refuse since she's been claiming for years she's been secretly betrothed to him. I really enjoyed the farcical aspect of the situation. It was pretty funny and interesting. Poor Poppy is now engaged to a man she doesn't know when her Prince is finally back in her life. Sergei and his twin sister are very funny characters...funny as in weiiiiird *sing song voice*. I almost felt bad for him at some point. ALMOST lol. There is an aspect of the book I didn't enjoy very much, it's the spy plot. Nicholas Staunton, the Duke of Drummond (Also knows as Lord Maxwell in the previous book), is a spy and he has to marry to 'fly below the radar'. What better choice than to marry the girl who's been telling everyone she was engaged to him for years. There is a scene at the beginning of the book that I found irresistible. When Nicholas asks for Poppy's hand, I was sold. Such a cute and funny book.
As I said, the only thing I wasn't really thrilled about was the spy/secret agents plot which was sometimes a bit predictable. But it was still very difficult to close the book. I really loved the heroes and I had a lot of fun reading this book. I am very excited about this series and I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out. Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage will be released in April 26th, and it'll be about Captain Arrow *g* Woot woot.
I give Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right 4 1/2 bookies(less)
Warning: This review is all about me and my prejudices concerning the SM part of BDSM and how I real...more(this was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Warning: This review is all about me and my prejudices concerning the SM part of BDSM and how I realized I might be a little deviant too *g*. Bear with me, I am no longer prejudiced LOL. Yes even I can learn !
Hurt me So Good is one of those books that I have a hard time reviewing. Why? Because while I devoured and LOVED it, I’m a bit torn about my feelings toward Masochism (and I can’t not say something about that). After being blown away by Dear Sir, I’m Yours , I couldn’t wait to read Victor’s book. I was not disappointed, he is so intense and dark *swoon*. I am fairly new to the BDSM world, and in comparison to Victor’s book, Dear Sir, I’m Yours was pretty vanilla lol. The title, Hurt Me So Good is perfect for this book. Here we are introduced to another kind of BDSM, a tougher kind.
Victor is more than just a Dom, he is a Master and he loves inflicting pain. He is a sadist. Which is fortunate since our heroine loves pain. When I say love…I mean LOVE pain. This is why I’m torn. I shudder at the simple idea of pain, I just can’t imagine taking pleasure in pain, and the whole book is based on that. The heroine is pretty much addicted to pain. It's weird but somehow the Sadist part didn't disturb me at all, only the Masochist part (Maybe you should start thinking about what this means about you Caroline...huh!). There now, you’re gonna think I didn’t enjoy this book, and you’d be wrong! I’m torn between giving it 4 1/2 Bookies and giving it a perfect rating. Why? Because Joely Sue Burkhart did it again. She worked her magic and made me open up my mind to a new lifestyle. She really succeeded in educating this poor reader without scaring her away. I got to understand the characters’ motivations and I wanted more.
Victor is one piece of work. I love how intense and imposing he is. I would be scared if I ever was alone in a room with him lol. Even more since his favorite tool is a crop! (but he’s also pretty impressive without it too) *shakes in her boots* He is sexy as Hell and radiates power. He might be a bit scary but I loved that he was in control of himself. He is not crazy (<==you can see here how I was prejudiced before reading the book) and asks himself the good questions...he searches for his limits. That's what makes him 'safe' in my opinion. What make me trust him. Shiloh was harder for me to get at first. I wanted to slap her sometimes and when I talked with Susi about that she didn’t agree with me. What disturbed me was that she seemed to have no limits. I just didn’t get that. For me no limits means DANGER. Of course everybody has limits (or they are just psychos), I just needed to keep reading and stop bitching all the time, the answer was found later in the book. *wink*
The story was very interesting, I loved the concept of a BDSM Reality show. I learned a lot about this lifestyle and all it’s different aspects. The goal of that show was to educate the audience and show BDSM in a good light. Mission accomplished…I learned a lot and it doesn’t look as scary as before! I laughed a lot too, at Patrick and his pony fetish *whinny*. Shiloh and Victor together are sizzling. Shiloh loves to talk dirty, which makes for very hot smex scenes! All their scenes together made my blood boil. I loved when Victor lost control. It's very very erotic *drools*. I also never thought I could be turned on by branding, but here I was, reading about Victor marking Shiloh with his V and I found that very hot O_O. I think they are just perfect for each others.
All in all it was a very mind-opening book. I couldn’t stop reading and never once did I think it was too much. Joely wrote very believable and complex characters and made me understand why they did what they did. This is a great story, I really love Victor and I found the ending perfect. It could have easily turned into too much for me but it didn’t. I felt more educated and more open-minded after reading Hurt Me So Good. I keep thinking about this book, I even dreamed about it. It is one of those books that stays with you for a long time after you’ve finished it. I cannot wait for Vicky’s book now. I’m already wondering what wickedness she could be hiding , since it seems to run in the family. *wink*
This is the first book I read by Kristan Higgins, but it will not be the last, that’s for sure! (I...more(This was originally published on Book Lovers,Inc)
This is the first book I read by Kristan Higgins, but it will not be the last, that’s for sure! (I kinda already ordered 2 of her books *looks innocent*) From the first page I was captivated. I couldn't put this book down. I really loved it to pieces. I have a thing for small town stories so it was perfect for me. This book made me laugh (a LOT!), but it also made me cry (a bit!) and it also made my heart break.
Callie (Short for Calliope) is in love with her boss, Mark. Well she’s been in love with him since she was 14. They had an affair for a few weeks but he broke up, saying the timing was wrong. Callie believed him and kept hoping for months…until he announces he’s engaged to the daughter of one of their clients (oh and she will be working with them! AH!). After the news was broken to her (on her birthday) she is devastated, and decides the best way to act is to try to make him jealous. And what better man to use for this plan than the new guy in town…the new vet!
I love Callie, she is very funny and adorable. Everyone loves her. She has a winning personality and she tries very hard to be loved by everyone. She often has internal dialogues with the ‘two parts’ of her personality (I’m a bit like that too). Not that she is suffering from schizophrenia, but she sees herself as part Betty Boop and part Michele Obama. I laughed a LOT! These ‘discussions’ were hilarious.
The first time she meets Ian (the new vet), is unforgettable. Hilarious! And I knew from there that I would love him. Ian is Callie’s exact contrary. Let’s say he’s not really a people person, but bring him a dog and they’ll be best friends. Callie often refers to him as a 'Russian Killer who could end you with one finger' lol. He is blond and arctic but I couldn't stop myself from loving him! This is one of the cutest book I’ve read in a while. I kept smiling and laughing and more than a few times you could have heard me ‘Awwwwwwwww’.
The book is not only about Callie’s love life, it’s also about friendship and family. I love Callie’s family, they are weird and likable and hilarious. This book is also filled with amazing secondary characters, the funniest (and my favorites!) being Noah (her grand-father), Freddie (her brother) and Louis…. AH Louis! LOL He works with her mother as a mortician. He is creepy and very very funny.
There’s only one thing I’m not used to…it’s the ‘next morning’ scenes. I’m used to reading smex scenes, and it’s always frustrating to come upon a book where they go in their room, start kissing and BAMMM…' ‘the next morning’! lol Maybe that’s just because my mind is too dirty. lol I’m sure I’ll get used to it *wink* at least for next book I’ll be prepared lol.
I can’t recommend enough this book. It’s perfect, it’s sweet, it’s just amazing. In short…It’s all I ever wanted in a book! *wink* I will gladly reread it and I can’t wait to read other books by Kristan Higgins. Two thumbs up!!
I finished this book a week ago and I'm still constantly thinking about it...Yes I loved it and yes...more(This was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
I finished this book a week ago and I'm still constantly thinking about it...Yes I loved it and yes I will re-read it. Reckless is the 2nd book in the House of Rohan trilogy. This series follows the Rohan family through three generations. The hero, Adrian *mini sigh* is the son of Elinor and Francis, the hero/heroine of Ruthless. I really enjoyed the first book and my only complaint was that there was no epilogue...the book gods heard my prayers and Reckless is perfect!
Adrian, Lord Rohan is like his father was, a member of The Heavenly Host, a group of aristocrats who gather for orgies and debaucheries of all kind. Their only goal is pleasure. Sex, gambling, drugs...you name it. Adrian is the epitome of anti-hero. He is one of the worst rakes, he is ruthless and will do anything to get what he wants. He spends the whole book 'force-seducing' the heroine, the whole time knowing full well that he is a bastard for doing that. Which...doesn't stop him for doing it. lol
Charlotte is a spinster, she lives with her cousin Evangelina, a young widow who's warming all the beds in London. Charlotte is the typical virgin heroine who think she is not pretty. She decides to attend to a Heavenly Host gathering with her cousin in order to get over her infatuation with Adrian. She will only watch and will be hidden under a robe. Of course, nothing goes as planned and she ends up stuck with Rohan. *g*
*Insert steam* As I said Adrian is a very wicked man. He is decided to bed Charlotte and won't take no for an answer. I'm pretty sure some would scream at his behavior, but I loved it. He keeps forcing her to do what he wants. The smex scenes were very very hot and a bit shocking (Yes even for me! *g*, the good kind of shocking though)...all I'm saying is that Adrian surprised the hell out of me. I just didn't see that coming. O_O. Reckless is very sensual and it's even more sexy than the first book. I loved how naughty Adrian is. I don't think I can get over MY infatuation with him anytime soon lol.
Of course there is a villain (it wouldn't be an Anne Stuart book otherwise! lol). I don't think it was needed but well, I'm not the one writing the book. There is also a side-story with Evangelina which I found cute and which made me smile. The characters are touching and you can't help but want a HEA for them too. Evangelina suffered a lot in her marriage and she is trying her best to take control of her life now. Her story is heart-wrenching (or I'm overly emotional lol).
I adored this book. I'm in love with the hero and I don't mind that he seemed to changed completely so fast. I love me some reformed rakes. At some point I wanted to slap the heroine silly (at the end yes, you'll see when you read it lol) but I still liked her. There IS an actual ending with some kind of epilogue, I was SO happy to see there was a real ending this time. It left me smiling and happy. AND we get to see Francis and Elinor *squeee* All in all it was exactly what I wanted it to be and some more. This is my favorite so far in the series.
This is my first book from Anne Stuart, so when I started Ruthless I didn’t know what to expect. Ruthless is the first book in the House Of Rohan series. There is a FREE prequel short story available on the author’s website called The Wicked House of Rohan. I read the short story but it doesn’t bring anything to the story (so you can skip if altogether without feeling guilty). The prequel is not bad but it’s very rushed. But back to Ruthless.
We meet Elinor and her sister in a very difficult situation, they have no idea how they will find money to eat the next day. The story is mostly told from Elinor’s POV but some scenes are seen through her sister, Lydia. Their mother is suffering from the ‘French disease’ and is completely mad, gambling away the little money the family has, whoring and having fits of violence. The family slowly went from wealth to poverty. Elinor doesn’t find herself pretty but she knows her younger sister is gorgeous and attracts every man. She is resolved to save her sister and do everything to protect her. When Elinor’s mother disappear with the last of their possession to gamble it away, Elinor follows her to a party to take the money back.
Viscount Francis Rohan is known for hosting orgies and the most scandalous parties in Paris. He is the worst libertine, but he is a bored one. Rumor has it that Rohan and his friends of debauchery, sacrifice babies and drink the blood of virgins. He is often called ‘the Prince of Darkness’ or the ‘King of Hell’. Let me tell you that he does look the part. Oh Boy! Elinor follows her mother to one of Rohan’s party and meets ‘Satan’ himself in the antechamber of Hell (AKA the huge orgy).
I think you either love or hate Rohan. He is a really really naughty man lol. During the whole book he plays with Elinor, he is bored and she is entertaining. Rohan does not feel guilty about his behavior, he doesn’t ‘reform’, doesn’t regret anything. He is a bit bloodthirsty too. Rohan really is ruthless. He really doesn’t fit the usual definition of ‘hero’. I would probably dub him as the ‘bad guy’. Well, I loved Rohan, I have a soft spot for cold heroes lol! For once the hero is a bit older than usual, he is 39 years old (lol my mom could kill me if she heard that, no mom 39 is NOT old). I wanted him even MORE wicked, he seemed a bit tame in the end! I won’t spoil the story but we learn quite a lot of the characters’ past that explains their present behaviors.
There is a bit of intrigue that was easily solved but it brought a bit of suspense to the story. Murder attempt, Arson, Kidnapping, Duels, Rape…the list is long! The secondary characters are a plus to the story. I really liked (I’m trying not to say ‘love’) Charles Reading and Lydia. Two characters I would have loved to read a whole novel about.
My only complaint comes from the fact that there is no epilogue. The story ends very abruptly and it’s hard to truly believe all will be well (Habits die hard…I’m a pessimist!). We have hints about what will happen but I would have loved a bit of closure. I am dying to read the next book, Reckless (*whispers* and secretly hoping we’ll hear from Rohan and Elinor).
Oh la la! That was HOT. I haven’t read many short stories, but often I feel that it’s not enough (Yes length matters lol) but it wasn’t the case here, the story felt ‘complete’. It wasn’t rushed and I loved it. The story in itself was very interesting. I loved the phone smex…OMG that was so hot. Ok I should rephrase this. Jarod is so hot. I love this character, he’s both sweet and romantic and wicked and naughty. The mix is explosive. And to top it all he’s a professor…*drools* well talking about fantasy, the naughty professor is on top of my list lol. I never thought it could be this hot to read about phone smex. *sits on ice* Jarod’s sex talk is a powerful aphrodisiac!
At first I thought I wouldn’t like it because it felt a bit like Jarod was a stalker/perv’ calling her to talk about sex. Well I’ve been called by pervs like that and it’s really not something I feel comfortable with lol. But after a few pages, I forgot all about how creepy this could be and I couldn’t stop reading. It didn’t feel like he was a stranger anymore. I loved both sides of Jarod/James and I couldn’t wait for her to meet ‘them both’ at the same time *wink* . Nora is discovering herself and I could relate to this character.
This is a very hot and sweet story that will turn you on! You will never see your telephone the same way *wink* I can’t wait to read the other stories in the ‘Laundry’ series.
When I read Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake (Freakishly long titles too! LOL) I thought it wa...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
When I read Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake (Freakishly long titles too! LOL) I thought it was perfect and that the next book couldn’t possibly do better. Of course I was proven wrong (I loved being proven wrong). Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (that we’ll call Ten Ways for short) was fan-ta-stic! It’s exactly what I want in a Historical Romance. The characters are lovable, the story takes place outside London (one fast grows bored of London settings). The plot is interesting and original…and the smex is very HOT.
Lord Nicholas is the twin brother of Gabriel from Nine Rules. When reading the first book I was curious about Nicholas, but in Ten Ways he’s just fantastic. He is so different from his brother it was a pleasure to get to know him better. Nick has a past and a pretty big one. He’s been burned once and we learn what happened to him throughout the book. Isabel our heroine, is a great character. She’s tough and cares for others, she would do anything to protect her ‘family’. I wanted to crush-hug her to death. My heart was breaking for her.
But let’s go back to Nick. I absolutely LOVED his character from start to end *drools* (Je t’aime Nicholas!). He’s a mix of gentleman and adventurer, he’s funny and loves to tease the heroine and let’s admit it, he’s a bit wicked *g*. I laughed a lot while reading this book. There is not a page I didn’t love, it’s never slow and everything is relevant to the story. I loved it (I know, I’m rambling but what can I say I LOVED it!). As I said Nick is wicked, well let’s say that this book is highly erotic. The smex was hot and very well written. I wouldn’t change a thing to this book.
The secondary characters were attaching too. I pretty much love Rock! He’s funny and so adorable (don’t tell him I said that!). Well as you can see, I adored this book. Those Twins really made the best on impression on me! Sarah MacLean wrote one of the best book I read this year! I simply cannot wait for the next book.
I give Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord 5 Bookies(less)
When I heard of this book, I knew it was made for me! I love Historical romances, I love Fantasy. And l...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
When I heard of this book, I knew it was made for me! I love Historical romances, I love Fantasy. And let me tell you the mix of both is explosive! If not for the Elves this world would be your typical Georgian England. Imagine a world where cruel Elven Lords with magical powers took control of England and play war games to know who will have the King in their court. To summarize I LOVED it.
Cassandra is to be married to the son of the Elven Lord. This is an arranged marriage and she knows she will only be a breeding mare for her new husband and no love will be involved in the process. Which is fortunate since she’s on a mission to kill his father and free the people of England of the mad tyrant. You have to understand that these Elves have been in England for hundreds of years and they had children with humans. As a result most children have a percentage of Elven blood which makes them more or less magical. Every child is submitted to a trial at puberty and those with the most magic are sent to the Elve’s world. The whole world was fascinating.
Dominic is the bastard of the Elven Lord, he is also the king’s Champion and general of his army. I LOVED Dominic to pieces….but again I have this thing for cold heroes. Dominic has learned to hide his feelings ever since his (MAD!) father thought torturing those close to Dominic was a good incentive to force him to reveal his true power. The Elven Lord is afraid Dominic is hiding his powers and plots to kill him. Dominic closed himself to feelings. He is cold and very lonely. He can’t show any ‘special’ interest in his new wife without risking her safety. But Catherine will find her way into his heart despite his best efforts…Can he save her from his father?
I don’t think I can say this enough…I love love love this book. There is a Dragon!!! A Dragon! How can you not love it? lol The Court, the magic…everything is so interesting and new, I was sad when it ended. It was the perfect mix between fantasy, adventure and Historical romance. I am not 100% happy about the ending but not a biggie. Near the end we meet the heroine of the next book…I can’t wait for it to be released! This is a very unique series that will enchant lovers of historicals and fantasy. A beautiful gem to be treasured. I give it 5 Bookies(less)
Warning: This review is completely biased, I adore Lisa Kleypas’ work and this series in particular, do...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
Warning: This review is completely biased, I adore Lisa Kleypas’ work and this series in particular, don’t expect any reasonable arguments from me. No pigs were killed during this review. All *squee* emanated from this slightly deranged reviewer (AKA me).
*Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* <=====Me getting the book last Saturday (you were warned)
Love In the Afternoon is the 5th and last *sob* book in the Hathaway series. My heart is breaking knowing that this was the last book. I adore (<==see? I adding new words to my vocabulary) this series. You were warned, I’m a huge Lisa Kleypas fan, and to think that I read my fist book by her only 6 months ago…now I am truly and completely addicted! *squee* Every Historical romance I read is now compared to my new Lisa-Kleypas-standards. Every time I finish reading one of her books I have a hard time reading anything else afterward. (not fair for the poor book that has to follow lol). And I keep rambling about how great her books are to everyone (sorry Susi, she’s my Megan Hart lol).
Let’s go back to the gem that is Love In the Afternoon. I loved Beatrix ever since we met her in the first book. She’s peculiar and can’t help rescuing every wounded animal she finds. Beatrix is funny, adventurous, a bit wild (she wears trousers!!!) and does not care about social etiquette . She is surrounded by rescued pets, such as the hedgehog Medusa, Lucky the 3 legged cat or Dodger the ferret etc… But Beatrix is also very witty and intelligent! She can tell what ‘animal’ people are by observing them, FYI she sees herself as a ferret. Animals play a very important part in this book, for instance it all started with the mention of a dog in a letter…
At first I had a hard time realizing that Beatrix was no longer a 15 years old like in the first book. I was a bit worried I wouldn’t enjoy the romance. Of course now I'm all reassured, she might be innocent but she is a 23 years old woman! (*squee* Hot Christopher helped a lot with that realization LOL). I just love this character, she took pity of the poor Christopher, alone and desperate, far away at war. Since her friend Prudence didn’t want to answer him she decided to write him herself, signing with Prudence’s name. I loved the letters between Beatrix and Christopher, you could see love creeping up on them a bit more with each letter, until the lie became to heavy to bear for Beatrix. Christopher didn’t know she was the one writing to him, he wants Prudence.
When Christopher comes back from the war, he’s broken and tortured. These years of violence destroyed him, he saw too many deaths and often the only thing that made him go on was his correspondence with ‘Prudence’. He is a war hero and he’s miserable, he doesn’t want all the attention everyone keeps giving him. Of course as a war hero and heir to a title he’s very sought after by the ladies (A Hot-Rich-heir-to-the-title-war-hero will do that to any unmarried lady). Before the war Christopher was not the same man, he was a bit haughty and ‘insulted’ Beatrix, saying she was made to be in the stables. Now that he meets her again he’s different but he still find her peculiar.
The story is a bit darker than the usual Lisa Kleypas. Don’t get me wrong I loved it, but it’s harder to review without revealing to much of the plot. Christopher is scarred inside. I still laughed a lot while reading it though. Beatrix is very funny and most of all we get to see Leo a few times and he’s HI-LA-RIOUS. The Hathaway family is very entertaining and it’s never boring around them, that’s for sure. The romance felt less rushed, no eloping to marry secretly, no kidnapping, no hurried wedding….this was the ending we needed for this series. I loved all the characters to pieces. The Smex scenes were fewer than usual but they were very HOT. Christopher doesn’t trust himself around Beatrix, the question is will she be able to save him from himself? (To Be Continued… lol)
Here are 2 of my favorite quotes about the family dynamics:
Leo looked at Cam expectantly. “Well?” “Well what?” “Now is the time when you dredge up one of your blasted Romany sayings. Something about roosters laying eggs, or pigs dancing in the orchard. It’s what you always do. Let’s have it.” Cam gave him a sardonic glance. “I can’t think of one right now.” “By God, I’ve had to listen to hundreds of them. And Phelan doesn’t have to hear even ONE?”
“I beg your pardon?” Catherine interrupted. “Are you implying that women have poor judgment?” “In these matters, yes.” Leo gestured to Christopher. “Just look at the fellow, standing there like a Bloody Greek god. Do you think she chose him because of his intellect?” “I graduated from Cambridge,” Christopher said acidly. “Should I have brought my diploma?” “In this family,” Cam interrupted, “there is no requirement of a university degree to prove one’s intelligence. Lord Ramsay is a perfect example of how one has nothing to do with the other?”
So in short, Love in the Afternoon is a delight. It’s like the Cherry on top of the cake. It deals with darker matters than the previous books but still makes you laugh every so often. You will love to love the characters! Beatrix and Christopher, her menagerie and family…all of these are enough reasons for you to read it! I know it won’t please every reader, but it pleased me immensely and that’s the most important for me *wink* I LOVED it, Loved it, Loved it *mini squee* So…am I the only one who’s sad the series’s over? *sob*(less)
Let me get this straight…this was a wonderful read! Ok now that I’ve said it, I can elaborate. I starte...more(this was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
Let me get this straight…this was a wonderful read! Ok now that I’ve said it, I can elaborate. I started reading Lisa Kleypas historical romances only very recently, about 6 months ago, and now I am truly addicted. Married By Morning is the 4th book in the Hathaway series which follows the life of the Hathaway siblings. This is Leo’s story and oh boy how excited I was to read his book.
We’ve seen Leo in the previous books and I would encourage everybody to read them before starting this one. There’s a lot of background story you would miss otherwise. I’ve always loved Leo’s humor. He’s witty, funny and he is a complete rake. He has a rather cynical view of the world and of himself.
In the previous books, the family hired a governess, Catherine, to help the younger sisters learn Etiquette.Since the first time they met it’s been explosive between Cat and Leo. Catherine is very ‘proper’ and Leo stands for everything she despises in a man. On his hand, Leo finds her too strict and cannot resist poking and trying to get a rise out of the poor governess. It was always very amusing to see them ‘fight’. At the end of Seduce Me At Sunrise, we are left wondering what happened between the 2 of them on a previous meeting. There’s some mystery about Catherine, and Leo will do anything to learn the truth about her.
Somehow after reading the synopsis and an excerpt on the author’s website (I can’t stress enough how EVIL I find excerpts!), I jumped to conclusions *cough*as always*cough* about what this book would be about… I was pleasantly surprised though. This book is hilarious, I laughed a LOT, there was a lot of LOL, ROFL and LMAO involved…I think all of these together would describe how funny I found this book. I think I should tease you a little bit:
Blushing, Catherine went to a pile of sketches and scraps at the corner of the table. She straightened them into a neat stack. ‘Did I hurt you?’ She managed to ask, recalling how she had inadvertently pushed on his wounded shoulder. ‘Does it ache this morning?"’ Leo hesitated before replying. ‘No, it eventually eased after you left. But the devil know it wouldn’t take much to start up again”. Catherine was overcome with remorse. ‘I’m sorry. Should we put a poultice on it?’ ‘A poultice?’ he repeated blankly. ‘Oh my…oh. We’re talking about my shoulder?’
I also often giggled and smiled at Dodger, the ferret! He’s one of Beatrix’s pets (the youngest Hathaway) and he’s been the bane of Catherine’s life…along with Leo. Dodger loves to steal her garters and she’s often running after him to get her things back. He’s cute and you can’t help but smile at his playful nature.
The love scenes between them were scorching hot and very tastefully done. Leo is a wicked man and I’m not the only one saying it:
She swallowed by a moan. ‘Ask,’ came his coaxing whisper. ‘Please.’ Leo kissed her thigh, his mouth soft and hot, his bristle an exciting scrape against the tender skin. ‘Please what?’ Wicked man. She squirmed and covered her face with her hands, even though they were in complete darkness. Her voice was muffled by the screen of her fingers. ‘Please pet me there.’
By the end of the book I had teary eyes and aching cheeks from smiling so much. They fell for each other without knowing it…*happy sigh*. What is wonderful with Lisa Kleypas' series is that you get to see the characters you loved in the previous book. I’ve become quite attached to them and Lisa Kleypas is feeding my addiction with tidbits of their life with each new book.
The only thing I was a little disappointed about is Catherine’s past…sadly I’ve read a book only a month ago where the heroine had the same mysterious past. But you can’t blame an author for not being 100% original…and those 2 books were probably written at the same time.
I’m absolutely addicted to her books and now every historical romance I read is compared to my Lisa Kleypas standard. She set the bar very high, I think I’m spoiled for any other authors now. I cannot wait for the last book in this series, Beatrix’s story, Love In the Afternoon, which will be released on June 29, 2010. I am eagerly awaiting this book but in the same time I don’t want this series to end…it will be very hard to say goodbye to all these characters I fell in love with. *teary eyes* Of course I’m not crying, I had something in my eyes that’s all!(less)
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)> Sleeping Beau: Adrien is a bastard of the king, he’s handsome but he’s also a complete rake. I have...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)> Sleeping Beau: Adrien is a bastard of the king, he’s handsome but he’s also a complete rake. I have mixed feelings about him, I wanted to love him but there was something that annoyed me a little. This is the story I liked the least (but it’s still a good story!), mostly because I didn’t much like how Adrien always tried to push Catherine into admitting the past. Well, she wanted it too but I felt like he was forcing her to say she wants him. The story in itself was original and the smex was hot so it’s all forgiven lol. There’s a bit of drama with his sister that made it intriguing but also a bit rushed (after all it’s a short story so it was bound to happen =P) . I liked Adrien’s uncles and I wish we’d see more of them. They looked like funny and interesting characters. A good hot short story that revisits the tale of the Sleeping Beauty.
Little Red Writing: Now, this story I really liked! We are introduced to Nicolas de Savignac. He is a Musketeer on a mission to find the writer who publish scandalous stories about the men of the aristocracy. Nicolas is certain it’s one of the 3 sisters who live with his estranged grand-mother. I really like Nicolas, he is ready to do anything to find and arrest the culprit…and if it takes sleeping with one of the sisters so be it! lol I liked the story AND the characters. Anne is a writer, she wrote love poetry but she was abused by a man she thought loved her and stopped believing in love altogether. The 3 sisters are bitter towards men, and they make the perfect suspects for Nicolas. The naughty scenes were very hot!! I was curious to know how the story would end and I didn’t see the end coming. Very hot tale with lovable characters.
Bewitching in Boots: This story was PERFECT. I loved it to pieces. There, I said it. *happy sigh* If the previous stories were hot this one is scorching hot. The story, the characters, the smex...everything was perfect. I loved the hero Tristan, he's a leader and he wants to lead in bed too. The heroine knows what she wants too, she wants Tristan and she'll do anything to have him. I liked that she was so confident and that she dared take what she wanted. Let's talk smut now, hot Bondage and dominant Tristan made it SO good. *sits on ice* The story is a mix of 'awwww so cute' and 'OMG so hot' (<===yes i'm a 14years old LOL). I loved all the characters, Tristan's brother was a funny one I would love to see him again. 2 thumbs up!!
Awakened by a kiss: All in all this was a very refreshing book! I really enjoyed the fact that the stories took place in France, it was a change from the usual Victorian England settings. I’ve always been interesting in the reign of the Roi Soleil. I liked reading about the Musketeers and the king’s bastards. Those stories are very hot, and I really liked that the heroines enjoyed the pleasures of the flesh and weren’t complete naives. They are not passive and act on their desires. The more I read the more I loved it. While I wasn't blow away from the start I was by the end of the book!
We all have our pet peeves and some of mine are the phrase ‘milking his c**k’ and the use of the words juices/juice and cream/creamy. I can’t help it, Milk, Juice and cream make me think of breakfast (not very sexy!). lol But that’s just crazy me =P Otherwise the sex scenes are pretty hot (the last short is really really hot!!). I felt like a naughty girl reading tales from childhood with a sexy twist! I really like the concept and I’m looking forward the next 3 short stories in The Princess in his Bed. I’m very happy to know that Lila will be writing a whole novel based on a fairy tale too. *squee* I can't wait!
I will admit that what first caught my eyes was the cover of this book. I find it gorgeous. (Indiana...more(This was originally posted on a Book Lovers,Inc)
I will admit that what first caught my eyes was the cover of this book. I find it gorgeous. (Indiana Jones anyone? lol) I remember seeing it on someone’s sidebar and I had to know more about this book. (see? it sometimes pay to be a cover whore *wink*). I loved the cover but that would not have been enough alone to win me over. The book synopsis promised a mix of adventure and historical romance. I was sold! I can’t thank Zoe Archer enough for sending me an ARC.
I loved Warrior. I’m still in a Historical phase (And I needed my fix!) but Warrior is that and so much more. The story takes place in the 1870s, but not in your usual England setting…no it is set in Mongolia! I never thought I would love reading about Mongolia this much. To be truthful the book was a bit slow to start. Well not that nothing happens in the beginning, quite the contrary, so MANY things happened that it made it a bit difficult to ‘know’ the characters and to like them. But since the moment the characters are introduced to the tribe I couldn’t put this book down.
It was a real pleasure to learn more about Mongolian culture and the life in the tribe. I was really fascinated (I even googled ‘Mongolian Clothing’ to picture it better). Zoe Archer transport us to an exotic country and show us the beauty of it. We get to really know the characters in the second half of the book and I started loving them. The relationship between Thalia and Gabriel became very interesting and we have some very hot scenes. I laughed quite a few times too, Gabriel is sexy AND funny.
Thalia our heroine, is not your typical English Lady. Thalia loves to ride, she knows how to use a crossbow and she wears practical clothes. Most of all she doesn’t mind Gabriel swearing and she is not waiting for someone else to save her. She is a strong woman who wants to do something with her life. She believes in the cause she is defending. *pats Thalia’s head*. Gabriel is…*drools* …sorry I mean Gabriel is fantastic. He was in the army and the prospect of living a ‘normal’ life is just not for him. He didn’t think twice before launching himself in this adventure. I really like this hero, his sense of humor and all his swearing are a big part of his charm.
The story is original and it really felt like an adventure. We discover a side of the world we didn’t know, a world full of Magic. The story kept on surprising me and I wanted more! We are introduced to some characters that will be the heroes of the following books. And I can’t wait! I’m pretty sure I will LOVE Bennett *drools* (Hero of Scoundrel).
Warning this might be the longest review ever…I promise to wake you up when I’m done. Oh and it might b...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Warning this might be the longest review ever…I promise to wake you up when I’m done. Oh and it might be a little tiny bit spoilery, but I’ll keep it as vague as I can!
It took me a while to finish this book. Why? Because halfway through it I had the strange thought ‘Ah, if it ended there it would be a HEA…could be nice!’…after that I had a hard time picking it up again not knowing what drama was going to ruin it all! (but it always does, you know!) Lol But let’s start at the beginning…
We meet Gabriel at a brothel in France, broken inside, desperate at the idea that the little lost boy he’s been protecting for years will soon go back with his family who is coming to take him back. This is the kind of hero I love,tortured and broken hero! He’s been through hell since he was abandoned as a babe in the street. Ever since he’s been living in a brothel and contrary to the little boy he protected, Gabriel has been a whore since childhood…no one was there to protect him. My heart was breaking when I saw how desperate he was , in the last 5 years, the little boy was the only reason he had to live. There are a few scenes where he cut himself to feel alive, heart-wrenching I tell ya! (Look at the bandage on his arms on the cover!)
Sarah has been looking for her little brother since he disappeared, when she hears he’s been in a brothel for 5 years she is afraid of the worst. She’s coming to Paris to take him back, she never thought she would have to take his protector with him, but the little boy won’t leave without him. They agreed that he could work as a companion to the boy for a year and come back with them to England. For the first half of the book, Gabriel will slowly come back to life, he’s learning to trust again and he’s fighting his own demons.
Sarah is known as the Gypsy Countess, she left her husband 5 days after her (arranged) wedding, started wearing pants and embarked with her pirate of a cousin on his ship to find her brother. She is happy this way, she doesn’t care what people think of her, she will still dress like a man and do whatever she wants. (that’s my girl!)
It felt like a standard Historical romance, a really good one! I loved how the heroes fell for each other gradually. Sarah didn’t throw herself at Gabriel, she tried for months to help him feel at home, she became his friend. Did I tell you that Gabriel is gorgeous? Well I am telling you now! Friendship slowly turned into love…but then it had to end! Bahhhh
The second part of the book, is an adventure! Sarah’s cousin has been training Gabriel to become a ‘privateer’ so he could have a living. This is where thing changes…Gabriel wants Sarah but he feels that he needs to make a fortune for himself to deserve her. So he leaves on a mission… It felt like 2 different books, I didn’t say I didn’t like the 2 parts though! It’s just that this was a complete different story, we embark on an adventure with pirates, slavers, murders…we follow Gabriel in many countries. I won’t tell you what happens but let’s say poor Gabriel is not very lucky. We only see Sarah again nearing the end, years later. This part was mostly about Gabriel. This is something different from usual Historical Romances, we don’t know what Sarah is doing, we’re following the hero.
Of course when you’ll see the rating I gave this book you’ll guess how this book ends *wink*. This was an amazing book, I just wish I had not felt like stopping halfway through it. The heroes and secondary characters are adorable, I laughed a lot with le Chevalier, he’s pretty funny and it helped lifting my spirits when the book started to become very depressing.
All in all (because it seems I can’t write a review without saying that, go figure!) it is a great book… it is a mix of historical romance and adventure with a great cast of characters! It’s nothing I’ve read before and It’s going on my keeper shelf!(less)
(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) I read Addicted a few weeks ago (here is my review) and I couldn't pass the chance to read Sinfu...more(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) I read Addicted a few weeks ago (here is my review) and I couldn't pass the chance to read Sinful, which is Lord Wallingford’s book. I received this ARC for review from NetGalley. I should wait for the tears to dry before attempting to write this review, but I can’t. I need to share with you why this book moved me so much. I am torn, because just like Addicted it left me crying and I hate to cry but Sinful is wonderful, it’s heart-wrenching, it’s beautiful…It’s damn near perfect in my opinion. Let me start at the beginning. I can’t say too much for fear of revealing spoilers but I'll try to convey the feeling I had while reading this book. Lord Wallingford, Matthew is a very wicked man(translation: HOT HOT HOT), we met him in Addicted and I was eager to read more about him. Matthew hates women, he use them for sex and only for sex. He’s never allowed himself to see women for anything else. When he is badly injured and transported to an hospital a nurse takes care of him...Jane, he is attracted by her voice, the softness of her skin. The thing is that his eyes have been injured and he can’t see her while she’s taking care of him and Jane doesn’t know who this man is. There’s a spark between them, chemistry, but when they decide to meet again Matthew has recovered his sight… *puts hand in mouth* (See, that’s how I avoid telling spoilers lol) When they are thrown together as Maid of honor and Best man at their friends’ wedding (The characters from Addicted) they have to bear each other's company, even when they despise each others so openly. Matthew does no recognize the sweet Jane he met at the hospital and Jane cannot believe this rake, this heartless man can be the man she felt so attracted to when she nursed him. I loved how the characters would go from passionate attraction to hate within a few pages. The characters are flawed, they are proud and prejudiced and they are both scarred- the ghost of their past is still haunting them. It was very hard to close this book. I knew (because of course I can’t stop myself) before reading this book that it would leave me with a bittersweet taste, but I tell you… it’s worth it. Matthew is an artist, he loves to paint and I thought that the sex scenes in this book looked like Art. Wonderful, beautiful sex scenes, just like a work of Art. Also in this book we meet again Matthew’s sister, Sarah that we glimpsed in Addicted, his love for her is amazing, he do his best to protect the poor child, we learned in Addicted that she is ‘slow’, she might look like a young lady but she stuck as a child in her head.
I know you’re thinking that after all this praise there must be a catch…well there is something that did make me cry (and I resent crying!). Just as with Addicted, this book deals with dark matters. I had a pain in my chest for the last 100 pages. My heart was breaking. I could hear it tearing. This is the only problem I have with this book…the ending is too realistic! (well I’m not the HEA Lover for no reason!) You have some kind of HEA at the end of the book but you can’t forget that all is not well. I was angry (Which prove how passionate I became about this book!!)when I got to the end and realize I would have to wait until May to read the ‘epilogue’ online. I NEED m epilogue IN the book, not on a website, to make it real. I can try all I want my brain will know it’s not in the book! It feels like the author is trying to make it up to us by giving us the awaited epilogue (a real HEA I’m hoping) as an afterthought. Of course this is MY opinion, I know a lot of readers that will be happy about the ‘realistic’ HEA we get in the book. That being said, I still LOVED this book, even taking into account the Heart-wrenching-too-realistic-ending so that’s saying a lot about how amazing I found Sinful. Sinful is getting 5 bookies because it’s beautifully written, because it broke my heart and made me cry but still made me love the story, because I am awaiting the ‘epilogue’ with all my heart…just like Addicted I know I’ll have a hard time getting over it, it will be haunting me for a while. I can’t recommend this book enough, It’s a wonderful book, don’t let the ‘not so HEA’ part scare you away, It really IS worth the tears. I cannot wait to read more books from this author.
EDIT: I read the epilogue and I'm truly satisfied. Thank you Ms Featherstone for giving us the closure we needed (well I needed it!). It was perfect. I LOVED it.(less)