Shameless is the 4th book in the House of Rohan series. I am a big fan of this series and...more(this review was originally published on Secret HEA Society)
Shameless is the 4th book in the House of Rohan series. I am a big fan of this series and I just couldn't wait to read this last installment. It was on my Auto-read list, it was such a sure thing in my mind that I would read it that I didn't read the book synopsis. So when I started the book, I didn't really connect the dots. You see, the first 3 books followed the House of Rohan on 3 generations. So I was expecting Shameless to be about the kids of the previous heroes. Ah! Of course I should have read the synopsis! Shameless is set about 5 or 10 years (I can't remember the exact number!) after the end of Breathless and is about Miranda's (Heroine of Breathless, you still following?) oldest brother.
What a good surprise! When I finally realized who it was about and how it was situated , it all clicked together and I'm pretty sure I squealed. *wink* . Benedick, the hero was married during the set of Breathless and for some reason I didn't think he would get his story. I thought him safe in a somewhat good marriage. I also saw him as a stuffy lord. Oh what a delight it was to realize he was actually quite wicked and such a cynic person.So what? Yes I love my heroes wicked, evil and dangerous, and Anne Stuart delivers! Each time! All the heroes of this series are wicked in their own way, they are all very different but each very delicious.
Benedick is a cynic but he has his reasons. He's been married twice and both wives died in childbirth leaving him without an heir. So he decided to find a wife to get that heir and a spare. He just wants a brooding mare, someone he can just forget all about outside the bedroom. As you can imagine, it won't work that way ;).
Melisande is not your typical lady. For once she lives with more than 20 former prostitutes! She's the widow of a wealthy elderly lord. Now with her money she tries to reform prostitutes and help them find a real respectable job. As you can imagine she's not really someone who would be invited to balls and party by Society. I found Melisande very likable, she's a good woman and she really wants to help save these girls. I found her devotion to her 'gaggle' very endearing.She might have been married but Melisande is still a near-virgin when it comes to the pleasures of sex. It was cute to see such an innocent woman leaving with women who enjoyed having sex so much and it made me laugh a few times.
When Melisande hears that the secrete society called the Heavenly Hosts has been revived and that now they started becoming very violent with prostitutes/young women she decides to act. Melisande knows Benedick's brother, Brandon, is a member of this secret society so she decides to warn Benedick about it and asks for his help. I really enjoyed seeing them together, they have such a chemistry! *swoon* They don't plan to get involved with each other but it's like it's out of their hands. The more they fight it, the harder it is. God, I loved Benedick, he's such a jerk! He has a vicious tongue, very cutting. The smex scenes are hot and very well written. Benedick is confident in his skills and I just love that in my heroes *g*.
If you read Breathless, you'll remember Brandon, the youngest Rohan. He was so young and cute and innocent. Really brave too. The man we meet in Shameless is just a shadow of his old self. Brandon has been to war and he's come back wounded both physically and in spirits. He gave up on life and he's become reckless. We get glimpses of him and what happened when he came back from war. Now, I have to tell you I'm REALLY hoping he's getting his book because if not I'll be pissed. Why? Because we get glimpses of his story and a possible romance and I couldn't believe it ended this way. Anyway, I can't say more but I am crossing all my fingers and toes we'll get his book. (I've spent 2 hours on the web searching for any indication there would be one but *sob* I couldn't find any info about it *sob*)
I LOVED that we got to see quite a lot of the HEA of Miranda and Lucien (Heroes from Breathless, yes I also do Cliffnotes as you can see *wink*). I remember raging at the ending of Breathless because it didn't have an epilogue. *squeeeeeeeeee* We get it in Shameless. Seriously I was grinning the whole time we got to see Lucien and Miranda. And we see them from Benedick's POV, which is pretty hilarious since he HATES his brother-in-law so much. I loved seeing their life through his eyes. I can't thank Anne Stuart enough for indulging us like that. *g*
I was ecstatic when I finished Shameless! It has an epilogue!!! *squeee* And a very good one. It's not cheesy I promise, because I'm not sure Anne Stuart can do cheesy. But it left me smiling and feeling very good. <3
Shameless is a wonderful book, it really does justice to this series. You want to root for the characters and it's hard to stop reading once you started. It keeps you enthralled and always wanting more while giving you some closure about the story (and about the previous book). I still feel pretty emotional about this book. It sure left his mark in my mind and in my heart (see? I can be cheesy!)
ps: I'm sorry about it being such a long review. And THIS is the short version ;)
I give Shameless 4 1/2 Stars.
With a Shiny HEA, full of hopes and happiness(less)
I can't believe this is already the 4th book in the Persephone Alcmedi series. It feels like it was onl...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
I can't believe this is already the 4th book in the Persephone Alcmedi series. It feels like it was only yesterday that I started this fantastic series. (Well I say that now, but waiting for the next book is going to kill me!) I think this comes from the fact that every book starts exactly where the previous one left us. Arcane Circle picks up just a few minutes after the end of Fatal Circle. I really like that, because we're not missing one beat and you are thrown right in the middle of the story.
I've always loved all the characters of this series and it's always been a pleasure to read about them. Persephone is a fantastic character, and her life changed completely since we first met her, she has a lot of responsibilities. All my favorite characters (not giving names to avoid spoilers) are still feeling the repercussions of what happened in the previous books. They all have to deal with difficult choices and it won't be the last time. At some point I thought the story would be going one way and it went the exact other way. I like when that happens. I am not a fan of 'The Chosen One' plots, I always end up rolling my eyes, but I'm getting used to it in this series (that's saying a lot lol). I am now patiently waiting to see what happens next *g*.
So many things happen in Arcane Circle! With each new book the story gets more and more intricate. We do get some pretty big answers but there are some things left unanswered by the end of the book.We get revelations that will have an impact on the characters' lives and I am dying to read the next book. As with all the books in the series, I love the 'magic',the rituals, sorcery, it's always been one of the great features of this series. Arcane Circle is such a mix of everything...I'm not sure I know how to explain it right.
I found that Arcane Circle is bit more smexy than the previous books, maybe that's just me. It's always at the right time and for the right reasons. I know I'm rambling but I really love Johnny. He's getting more than he signed up for and I felt for him. I love what he's becoming. As usual it's very funny to hear him make innuendos out of anything. I wish we would have seen more of the vampires but the new werewolf development was a nice change.
This book felt different than the others, Seph and the others (still not naming names lol) are struggling with their burdens and they have to take big decisions to make things change. I wish the book had been longer (because i'm greedy like that). The only thing I'm not liking much is that some scenes are a bit slow, the characters talk a lot where action would have quickened the pace a little. But it's always followed by a scene with lots of action so It's not such a problem ;)
Arcane Circle is once again a winner. We see our favorite characters struggling and making choices that will change not only their lives but everyone else's. I can't recommend this series enough , it's Urban Fanatsy at its best, with lovable characters and the perfect mix between action, romance and magic! I am dying to read the next book.(Anyone knows when is next book coming out?)
Breathe is the first book I've read from this author, and it won't be the last (I do end up saying that...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Breathe is the first book I've read from this author, and it won't be the last (I do end up saying that a lot these days!). What a roller-coaster of emotions I had in this book. Let's be honest, I cried like a freaking baby at least 3 times in less than 300 pages! I usually just get tears in my eyes, but not this time, I was crying like when I first got dumped (rings a bell? lol). Breathe is such a wonderful book, I fell in love with the 2 heroes. They both need to learn how to go on with their life, and the first step...is to breathe.
When I first read the blurb, I was afraid the guilt and misery part would be too much for me (I'm such a baby lol). So when I started reading I was lulled in a false hope that it wouldn't be that bad, right? It can only get better, right? Right? Ah! Well of course there wouldn't be much story if there weren't a few bumps in the road. My heart was crushed a few times and I couldn't read fast enough to get my reward. The HEA!
Lincoln's life ended the day he accidentally killed a woman. He lost everything that day, job, partner, car, home. He can't forgive himself for what he did and he thinks he deserves to suffer. After spending his time in jail, he's back in town and he wants to help his sister and her kids. He doesn't want much from life, only to help and protect them. He had to abandon his passion and anything he enjoyed. He can never forget, and someone has been sending him threats ever since the accident so that he doesn't forget. How I love Lincoln, he's a freaking hero and doesn't know it. He's such a wonderful man.
Jay's life changed forever the day his wife was killed. He's still mourning her and he doesn't know how to live without her. Jay married his best friend when they were only 19. Now he's a widow at 23. Jay is very different from Lincoln, well for once, he was married to a woman. Being with a man has always been his fantasy. When he meets a seductive stranger in a bar, he would have never imagined it's the same man who killed his wife.
They both went through something horrible and they are both trying to cope in a different way. When they meet they don't know anything about each other. Jay has never been with a man and Lincoln is openly gay. There's a spark from the start. They were both lost and needing sex. It's by chance that they meet. Of course soon enough they realize who the other really is. How can they be together, how could their family accept that Jay is gay and is attracted to the man who killed his wife. My heart was bleeding for them. Their impossible love made it so hard not to cry.
Jay and Lincoln together are very very hot. Oh my! I have to say I'm very picky on the M/M I read (I'm still a shy M/M reader), or more precisely about the M/M smex! There's PLENTY of smexing in this book, and I adored every page of it. *sits on ice* Jay's experiencing sex with a man for the first time, and everything's new for him but he's not a helpless man. Oh boy he knows how to be daring. I loved how he became comfortable with his sexuality and how he started to take the reins back. Love was bleeding from every scene between those two. I either wanted to Awwww, smile or cry.
The intrigue of the book is centered around the threats Lincoln has been receiving, some kind of 'whodunit'. When the threats start being very real for Linc's family they start searching for who's sending them. I was on the edge of my seat from start to end. There are a lot of twists and lots of drama (probably too much for my poor little heart). I also loved Lincoln's family, his sister and the kids were adorable and I loved the scenes with them.
It's a beautiful love story that will make you tear-up (*snort* more like cry like a baby) and smile and wish it would just never end. You can't help but fall in love with Linc and Jay. I can't recommend it enough. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Warning: This is a spoiler-free review for this book. But I make some references to the previous books...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Warning: This is a spoiler-free review for this book. But I make some references to the previous books which can be a little bit spoilery.
The Bitter Seed of Magic is the 3rd book in the Spellcracker.com series, and it's now my favorite! I couldn't wait to start reading it when I finished the previous book. The story takes place a few months after the end of The Cold Kiss of Death. Genny's life is still very complicated. To sum it up, there is a fertility curse affecting London's Fae. Genny has to be the one breaking it or the magic will die. Also there's a killer murdering Faelings all over London. Genny think those murders are linked to the curse and starts investigating.
The obvious way for Genny to break the curse would be to get pregnant. Ah! but having a baby is not in Genny's plans. Everything gets complicated when she realized that all the Fae in London are waiting in lines to seduce her to be the potential 'daddy' lol. She has to find a way to break the Curse without getting killed in the process. And when the gods decides to enter the game, it all becomes even more deadly.
This book was fantastic. It's even better than the 2nd book. The story has so many twists and turns, it was a 'OMG'-fest in my house. (Suzanne you're still EVIL!) I just didn't see any of these events coming. Suzanne McLeod created a very fascinating and complex world. I didn't want the book to end.
We learn a lot about all our favorite characters. Of course we get to see more of Malik the smexy vampire, Finn the SexGod satyr, and Tavish the wylde fae. Tavish isn't easy to understand, there's a lot to him we don't know yet. This is not an easy book to review because saying more would spoil the story. I love how the author included different myths in her story.
I think one of the most important thing is that Genny is a great character. She is intelligent and has a big heart. She is courageous and very lovable. She's not one of those Too Stupid To Live (TSTL) heroines, she can't even be qualified as a 'kick-ass' heroine. No, Genny shines for a very different reason. I love this character and I want her to get a HEA. She deserves happiness.
Now, here is proof of the author's writing skill. I had a 'favorite' character I wanted Genny to get involved with. While reading the book, I kept changing my mind. I ended up not knowing anymore which one I wanted her to end up with. (because let's be honest I WANT her to end up with one of them *wink*). Suzanne found a way to make them all appealing in one way or another. I can't believe I'll have to wait a year to know what's coming up next. I feel like Genny with 3V (the virus she has), this series is a drug.
Fanta-bulous, that's how i'd summarize this book. The Bitter Seed of Magic is an action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns. Vampires, Fae, Witches and so much more...this books has them all. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to end and you can never guess what's going to happen next (or I don't have much imagination lol). I salute Suzanne's fertile imagination and I can only say this: Give this series a try! It's well worth your time, you won't regret it. 5 stars!(less)
(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) Only Mine is the 1st book I read by this authors, and even though I hadn't finished it yet that...more(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) Only Mine is the 1st book I read by this authors, and even though I hadn't finished it yet that I was already ordering other books in this series. I'm very happy I got to read this book for review, it's exactly what I needed right now.
Only Mine is 4th book in the Fool's Gold series, it's the 1st book about the Hendrix triplet. The story takes place in the small town Fool's Gold. This town has made the national media news because of its chronic shortage of men. Dakota has been assigned by the town to keep an eye on the new reality show being filmed in the city. Some producer decided it would be a good idea to have a reality show where men from everywhere could try and find love in this city full of women.
Finn tracked down his young twin brothers from Alaska to California. He's decided to do anything to bring them back to finish college. I really loved Finn as a character. He's responsible and he loves his brothers. He's been taking care of them for years and he doesn't want to fail them. He's strong-minded and sometimes a bit quick to anger. When Dakota and Finn meet, I just couldn't stop laughing. Dakota always has the good come back. She's very funny and down-to-earth. Their relationship starts as a friendship and it naturally moves on to a friends-with-benefits status. I think what I liked the most, is that it was 'uncomplicated'. I don't mean there weren't complications, but it felt like there were no strings attached, no regrets, no expectations. Love was completely unexpected for them. They both knew they wanted very different things in life.
This is a very cute story, I felt good while reading it. It has a spark, something that makes your heart beat a little faster, something that makes you want to read a bit faster. It is cute but it's also pretty hot too. *g* Finn pushes all my buttons, I can't tell you how without spoiling things so let's just say, I'd really love to have a man like Finn. Add a good dose of humor and you have the perfect mix. I loved the secondary characters' story. I was rooting for them from the start.
I won't lie, the story was a bit predictable at some points but even so it was a pleasure to read it. I loved that it felt like I was in Fool's Gold too for a few hundred pages. I'm already impatiently awaiting the next book. (and I'll be slowly reading all the previous books too *g*)
Only Mine is a sweet summer romance about growing up, finding one self and finally letting go. You'll probably want to move to Fool's Gold after reading it. If you love hot and cute romance then this is definitely for you.
After reading Only Mine all I wanted was to get the next book so I could plunge right back in Fo...more(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
After reading Only Mine all I wanted was to get the next book so I could plunge right back in Fool's Gold. Only Yours focuses this time on Montana's story. I can already tell you it was a cute and funny story! Not that I doubted it would be anything but. *wink*
Montana has a job she loves, training dogs so they would help people. I have to say I envied her job. Who wouldn't like training puppies into being serviceable dogs! I love how Susan Mallery characterized Montana's dogs. They are so cute and I'm sure if you have a dog it'll make you want to reach out and pet it. I'm a sucker for cute pets in books (yes I'm easy like that). And what did you know that one of Montana's puppy landed her right into the arms of a very sexy man. I couldn't help but laugh at how it happened.
Cue dark and sexy hero, aka Simon. Ladies, prepare the fan because this hero is one tough cookie. I do have a thing for jerk/dark/brooding/scarred/sexy heroes...well isn't that my luck! Here we are with the perfect candidate. *g* Simon is tortured and no, I didn't always understand him, but sometimes people are weird that way and they don't always make sense. At least he had the good sense to realize it ;).
We could say that Montana didn't really make a good first impression, but the same could be said for Simon. They got off on a rocky start but I loved the sexual tension between them. Simon is...intense...and it was very interesting to see how unsettle he was around Montana.
Only Yours is a sexy and cute story. I'm dying to read the next book to read more about the triplet's mother. She has one really fascinating story and I cannot waiiiiiiit to see where this go *g*. My only complaint about the story is that it felt a bit like a dejà-vu. Well maybe it is on purpose but some things were a bit too much like the first book. The story is predictable but it doesn't take any fun from reading it, I'd even go as far as to say that it was reassuring to know I could predict how it would end (I don't do well with suspense).
I can say it with all my heart this book was a very good Summer read. If you're not already addicted to Fool's Gold you should definitely give this series a try.
Romancing the Countess was a highly anticipated book for me, I've been waiting for this book...more(this review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Romancing the Countess was a highly anticipated book for me, I've been waiting for this book for months. For long it was only a blurb and a title but when the cover was finally revealed...Wow... for me this cover is absolutely stunning. Okay, so maybe I did wonder whether women at that time would wear something like that, but still what a gorgeous dress. I also love her jewels. Anyway, to sum it up the cover is one of the many delights of this book!
This is the first book I read from this author and I will definitely read her next novel. I'm always a bit reluctant to try new Historical romance authors (*hides*) because I know I can be very picky when it comes to this genre. Ashley March has a definite style that sets her out from the rest. She made me accept situations and character behavior I would probably have scoffed at in other historical romances.
Leah, like many women of her time, had to live with the knowledge that her husband was cheating on her. Like most women of that time she had to accept it and keep the pretenses. But when her husband tragically dies she can't mourn him like society would want her to. I really love that this book showed us the reality of being a widow back then. Leah wasn't freed by her husband's death, on the contrary she was expected to go into full mourning, wearing uncomfortable and ugly black dresses, wearing a veil or a widow's cap. She wasn't to entertain guest or go to parties for a full year. She was to be lonely and miserable when in reality she didn't want to mourn him. Of course like most things at that time, men weren't held up to the same standards and rules. I know all that but still, each time it makes me angry.
Sebastian's wife died in the same accident that killed Leah's husband....and for a good reason...they were eloping together. Contrary to Leah, Sebastian didn't know of the affair and it was a shock to him. The love of his life died, living him with a toddler and the last thing he wants is for people to gossip about his dead wife and his best friend. I could understand Sebastian's motive, he didn't want his son to suffer from a scandal. I still wanted to kick him where it matters a few times. My first impression of him was of a stuffy lord.
Things got interesting as Leah really came into her own. She slowly realized she could get her independence and freedom. This was really interesting, I liked how she started rebelling in small ways. Then she started doing bolder things, rash and provocative things that were borderline on plausible (in my humble opinion). Well I guess they could happen but I sometimes thought Leah didn't really realize what the consequences would be....I'm not sure if many women would have dared act this way. I guess it's what set her apart from your usual 18th century lady. See, that's the wonder of this book, even if I wasn't 100% convinced by some of the behaviors/events, the story still won me over. Or better said, Sebastian won me over. *g* As much as I disliked him at first he grew on me. Sebastian is a wonderful father, the scenes with his son were just too cute.
Leah is scarred from her relationship with her late husband. She has been burned and she never wants to live through this again. Sebastian's first goal was to convince Leah to keep quiet about the affair and act the widow Society wanted her to be. Then his goal changed and soon he had to find a way to win her over. It's hard to talk about the story without telling too much but let's just say I was left completely satisfied and happy. The characters slowly fell for each other, sometimes against their better judgment. I loved that nothing was rushed, Leah's reluctance wasn't solved in 2 pages. It's really a book about how Sebastian slowly seduced her. And much like Leah was seduced by Sebastian, I was slowly seduced by Ashley March's talent. I might have been reluctant but by the end of the book I was completely sold.
Seducing the Countess has enough originality to set it apart from your usual historical romance. It's bold but not enough to have me throw the book at the wall (aka the hissy fit). My advice to you...let yourself be tempted you won't regret it! It's a really good historical and I will be awaiting Ashley March's next book.
Kisri is the 2nd short story in the ...And the Beast series (I love the name of that series...more(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Kisri is the 2nd short story in the ...And the Beast series (I love the name of that series by the way). I knew before opening this book that I would be in for a treat. I've yet to come across a Moira Rogers book I didn't enjoy (I know, I'm rambling to when it comes to their books *wink*). On a totally shallow note, I'm fascinated by this cover. It's just so pretty and sensual *happy sigh*
Kisri is the High-Lord's cousin. She's a beautiful woman and she has quite a big dowry, which means that most men want her for her fortune. They don't really care that she's an intelligent and independent (and strong) woman. She's been trying to escape these men for years but now she finds herself in need of protection. Kisri decides to ask her cousin, Malrion, for protection but on her way to him she meets Malrion's first warrior Ennon.
I really enjoyed seeing Kisri and Ennon together. What starts as a simple experiment quickly evolves into something deeper and meaningful. I loved that Kisri thinks he's strong enough to deserve her. Her sexual education was very hot. I think it's the main highlight of the book, the smex scenes are hot and erotic (ain't that the goal? *wink*) and leave you satiated with a big smile on your face.
This very cute and sensual fairy tale is easy to read. It's a treat you can gobble up when you're feeling a bit down . I can't recommend this series enough, seriously you won't regret it. Short, sweet, hot, it's everything you need in 60 pages.
I've read quite a few books from Moira Rogers and I've never been disappointed. So when I started Wilde...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
I've read quite a few books from Moira Rogers and I've never been disappointed. So when I started Wilder's Mate I was hoping it would be a good book. AH! What I ended up with, is a fantastic book I just couldn't stop thinking about for days. Wilder's Mate pretty much blew me away. As soon as I finished it I was stalking the author's website trying to find a clue about when the next book would be released.
Wilder's Mate is some kind of Steampunk paranormal romance set in the Wild West. I'm not sure I got the genre right, but I felt like I was in a Western movie with a paranormal twist. I've never read anything quite like this before. Well just look at the cover and you'll get the feel of the book. *g* Satira has been the assistant of a weapon inventor, Nathaniel, for years. Now that he's been kidnapped, she's ready to go find him even if it means running into danger. She must leave before the new Bloodhound, a Vampire Killer created by the Guild, arrives and tries to stop her.
And what a Bloodhound. Wilder is just WOW. I was afraid this review would end in a Squee Fest, but I really can't help it. *squee* I just love Wilder soooo much. He's sexy, daring, dangerous, mysterious, wild, he has a sense of humor and so much more. He is everything I love in a hero. *sigh* Anyway, when Wilder meets Satira, he agrees to help her get Nathaniel back and they start their journey to the dangerous Frontier lands. This is the Wild west, it is dangerous and no respectable woman could be found there so it'll take some tricks to keep Satira in one piece.
As I said before, Bloodhounds are vampire killers created by the Guild. They aren't really humans anymore and no one except the Guilt knows how a Bloodhound is created. They have needs and every new moon it gets very very intense...and HOT. Just as you wouldn't like to be too close on the Full Moon. Satira knows a lot about Bloodhounds for the simple reason that she's been raised by one. She's not an innocent wallflower, she dresses like a man, she uses weapons and she's not a stranger to the pleasures of the flesh (I knew I'd place this in a review one day *g*). Satira is not helpless, she's not always in need of rescuing, I really like that she wasn't stupid and didn't rush into danger without means to defend herself. From the start you can feel the spark between her and Wilder. She's attracted to him. And I couldn't help but smile at how much she wanted him. Their bantering was very funny. I loved their sense of humor.
Wilder might not be human anymore but he still has some control over his needs. I really loved that he wasn't chasing the heroine, it was pretty much the opposite. He is very intense and you can't help but see the Beast in him. (Again just look at the cover!). *sigh* I really fell hard for Wilder. The story was really good, I liked it from start to end. In less than 100 pages so much happens it felt like a full length novel. It's the perfect mix between adventure and sexy romance.
This book is HOT. Oh boy very very hot. I think what made the book so hot is the hero, Wilder. He pushes all my buttons and he's just so sexy...ahem... sorry I'm back. The growing sexual tension between Satira and Wilder is very intense and when they finally give in...wow. The smex scenes were very very hot and felt completely right. Wilder's Mate is just WOW. O_O There's no other words for it.
Now completely random point: At some point we learn something about Wilder and Susi teased me for hours about it. I lost Wilder as a Book Boyfriend to her because of it. AHHHHHH *headdesk* She used my OWN words against me LMAO. I might have said something about heroes with this exact characteristic the day before, saying that I couldn't relate to that kind of heroes. *headdesk* I learned my lesson. I will turn my tongue 7 times in my mouth before saying anything from now on. lol *sob* Wilder *sob* Damn you Susi, I hope you'll take good care of him!!! *shakes fist in the air*
Ok back to the review. Moira Rogers (Donna and Bree) created a captivating world with amazing characters. Everything worked for me, the setting, the characters, the plot. Damn, I really fell under the spell of this book. Wilder makes the book perfect. I cannot wait for more books in this series.
I give Wilder's Mate 5 Bookies. And since it was SO hot, it deserves a special heat rating completely made up for the occasion . So here, 5 HOT Flames too (less)
I wasn't sure about this book at first, mostly because I read a very heated review dissing the book. I decided to see for myself and I'm glad I did. I...moreI wasn't sure about this book at first, mostly because I read a very heated review dissing the book. I decided to see for myself and I'm glad I did. I agree that I disliked the Heroine at first and how she would make fun of her fiancé. I don't think it was made to make us laugh at the fiancé...at least it didn't make me laugh, it made me dislike her and see how childish she still was. Also the heroine often uses humor to deal with the things she can't change. I get it. But the real romance started at about page 130. Then it got awesome and I had trouble closing the book. The hero is very much as I love them. Oh and I LOVE the epilogue. *g* LOVE it.(less)
Judith James won me over last year with a fantastic Libertine's Kiss. I loved it so much that I'...more(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Judith James won me over last year with a fantastic Libertine's Kiss. I loved it so much that I've been counting the days 'till the release of The King's Courtesan. To be honest I think this book is responsible for my Netgalley addiction. Why? Because I've been checking the website everyday for the last 5 months in hope of seeing The King's Courtesan up for request. As you can imagine I might have stumbled on a few other books in the process ;) (<== bad excuse I know!!)
But back to the book! Captain Robert Nichols was first introduced in Libertine's Kiss. I felt pretty bad for him and I wanted him to get his HEA after all. He's a reasonable man (well most of the time), a no-nonsense kind of man. He's also driven by revenge. His only goal in life is to finally be able to get his revenge. Robert is haunted by the past and he can't let go.
One thing I love about this book is that it's set in a time period that is not often depicted in books. We get to be completely immersed in the Civil War and Charles II's reign. I learned a lot about this historical period while reading Judith James' books. Robert was on the wrong side of the war now he has to deal with the consequences. And in this case the consequences are pretty bittersweet. He is ordered to marry the King's Courtesan, Hope.
Hope Matthews is a courtesan. She could have ended up a street-whore but she has wits and she's very courageous. She turned her situation into something very positive. Right now she's the king's mistress...well one of them. I absolutely adored the scenes between Hope and Charles. Their relationship is based on friendship and honesty.Well to be completely honest, I just loved Charles, he's a fascinating king. I loved how he could change from a very nice and easy person to his ruthless King's persona in a second. He already fascinated me in Libertine's Kiss and I'm glad we got to see him a bit more.
Charles is soon to be married, he can't have an unmarried mistress at Court. He doesn't want to part with Hope so he engineers a way to have her at Court...married! Charles really is a wicked man, he's very manipulative and won't stop at anything to get what he wants.
Hope and Robert's relationship starts off. They were both manipulated in a wedding they didn't want. Robert has to accept that his 'wife' will be the King's mistress. He'll be officially cuckold in front of the whole Court. Hope on the other end feels like she's been cast off. All she wanted was to be free...to be her own master. Judith James made me root for them, I wanted them to fall for each other. I wanted them to fight their demons and finally be happy. I was scared I wouldn't like the whole 'courtesan' thing but it turn out very well. *g* . I loved how they fought and how passionate they were.
An added bonus is that we get to see the main characters from Libertine's Kiss once again. It was a very good surprise. *g*
The King's Courtesan is a beautiful love story set in a rich historical period. Court Intrigues, War, Revenge those are a few of the things our heroes will have to overcome to finally get their HEA. Judith James gives us a story about how love can heal the scars from the past. If you love Historical romances with a bit of Court intrigues then this is for you. One of the main appeal of this book is how it makes you learn so much about this historical period. I will be impatiently awaiting Judith James' next book!
The Devil in Disguise is the 1st book in the Regency Rogues series. Now the title of the series a...more(this review as originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
The Devil in Disguise is the 1st book in the Regency Rogues series. Now the title of the series and the title of the book led me to believe that our hero would be a rogue, a bad man, a devil who the heroine would reform. Yes I know, I shouldn't have expectations based on a title. Now don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book, but I wasn't swept away.
William is the Duke of Clairemont, he is also part of the Young Corinthians. He's a spy and is assigned to protect Lady Lucinda Grey who's the next target of a well known murderer. I'm not a huge fan of spy stories because it's easy to fall into ridicule. It's not the case for this book, thankfully! I liked the characters and I wanted to love the story but some parts were just too rushed for me.
Will is ready to court Lucinda to be able to protect her. My problem was that he is supposed to be the 'Iron Will', a rogue, ruthless but he's really not and he didn't look the part for me. And I'm not even sure how he got his reputation to stick. I wanted more details about his 'supposed past' of debauchery. Anyway, Lucinda is a strong-willed woman, she doesn't need a husband she has money and is perfectly happy to live her life with her 3 aunts (nicknamed the Furies! Those women are very funny). Will knows she is reluctant to marry anyone and his chances of getting close to her are very very slim. So he makes a deal with her, if she can resist his seduction for a period of time he will give her his horse (I should mention she really wants the horse for reasons I won't mention), if not then they'll get married and she'll have that horse anyway. Hey it's a win-win situation for her, is it not? ;)
See, this started good, I liked that he was going to try and seduce her any way he could and she would have to resist. Very good plot, my kind of plot! But for me it all went too fast. Their feelings for each other appeared out of nowhere, even the lovemaking was rushed. I mean it's her first time and we don't even know what happens after they did it. Maybe it's just that I needed more smex scenes, but even without more smex I still think we should have gotten at least more about the psychological consequences of this seduction.
This is a good story, I enjoyed reading it, I just wanted (expected) a bit more. I wanted this 'devil' the title promised. I'll still want to read the next books in the series because Stefanie Sloane's writing is entertaining. The Devil in disguise will please many historical romance lovers. If you like spy stories this IS for you.
I admit that I've never been disappointed by the books I've read by Moira Rogers. I'm happy to say, I w...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
I admit that I've never been disappointed by the books I've read by Moira Rogers. I'm happy to say, I was once again charmed by the authors' writing. Sabine is a very short but very steamy fairy tale. From the very start you are thrown into this fantasy world and everything just flows right. The world-building was artfully done, you're not crushed by pages of back story, it's just very easy to get into this world.
Sabine has been cursed by a witch and ever since, everyone she knew has forgotten about her. She just became a stranger to them all. She's been living alone for years now, doomed to solitude. Why was she cursed? Because the High Lord was in love with her and his mother disapproved of the relationship. She wanted her son to forget about Sabine, but somehow the curse backfired and everyone forgot about her.
When Ciar comes back from war, all he wants is to find Sabine. When he realizes no one remembers her he starts searching for her. In this world the characters are Were-animals, and just so you know, it doesn't change anything to how beautiful this love story was.The authors made it look so natural, you could easily forget they are not completely human.
When Ciar and Sabine meet again, she's afraid he will forget her if she touches him. Ciar doesn't want to forget her, he wants his love for her to be stronger than the spell, he is resolute to find a way to reverse the spell. It was very heart-wrenching to see them suffer like this. Sabine's acceptance of the inevitable was very moving. Their passion was very intense, even if they couldn't touch (maybe BECAUSE they couldn't touch). I really enjoyed reading this book.
Sabine reads like a very beautiful fairy tale. It's a fast and sweet read. I can't tell much more about it without revealing too much of the plot. I am really looking forward to reading Kisri, the 2nd book in the series.
My Favorite Countess was a difficult book to review for me. When I started re-reading the notes...more(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
My Favorite Countess was a difficult book to review for me. When I started re-reading the notes I took while reading the book, I started wondering if I was dealing with 2 different books. The first half of my notes were mostly rants about how I hated the Hero and the Heroine, the second half of my notes were about how amazing they were and how I loved the story. LOL see what I mean? Alright, let's start from the beginning...
When we meet Bathsheba she is in a dire situation. She has responsibilities towards her family and their estate and she is under a lot of stress. She would do anything, that is...go to London and find a rich husband to pay their debts. Bathsheba is a widow and getting married again was NOT in her plans. She didn't want to suffer again at the hands of a husband.
The thing is when we meet Bathsheba it's really really hard to like her, she's viper-tongued and she can be very nasty when she wants to. I felt bad for all the other characters when she was around. She's mean and it's hard to see past that, but her flaws make her human in the end. Then there's the hero, Doctor John Blackmore, seriously at the beginning of the book I really disliked him too... but for different reasons. John seemed so full of himself, he's sure he's always right. He thinks he can see through her from the start. And he's certain he's going to bed her. The result is that I wanted to slap them both silly. They are both so stubborn and they cling to their beliefs. So the first few chapters I just disliked, then hated the 2 main characters.
BUT, I'm not sure how but at some point everything changes. By chapter 7, I started loving them! I've never read a book where the author made me change my mind so drastically about 2 characters. I went from hate to love in just a few chapters. John is a doctor and it was a nice change from the usual aristocratic hero. John is a working man, he's a doctor who deals with midwifery. When you start learning about him and his beliefs, you can't help but love him. He is a humanist, he believes every woman rich or poor should be able to get the best treatment when delivering a baby. He wants change and he wants to do everything he can to help pregnant women.
At some point I started liking Bathsheba, we learn more about her past and the trauma she suffered from her previous marriage. Her late husband was very jealous and thought she was cheating on him. He made her look like a whore in the eyes of everyone else. His family hates her because they think she's responsible for his death. Anyway, I can't say much more but the story gets very interesting. There's intrigue, mystery and lots of suspense. I had a hard time closing the book. I didn't see the end coming and the cute HEA at the end made this book a very pleasant read.
Now I must address the smex topic...this is something I found a bit weird in the book. When I read it, it struck me as odd how the smexing scenes were written differently from the rest of the book. I mean the book flows pretty easily, then when you get to a love scene the writing gets very flowery. It's hard to miss. But apart from that I have to say I really enjoyed the love scenes between those 2. John knows how to 'play doctor' and he knows exactly what he's doing in bed. John was very very sexy and intense. I also loved that Bathsheba is not afraid of loving smex. There is chemistry between them and it was always hot hot hot!
So as you can see, this book started a bit rocky for me but by the end I just couldn't stop reading. This is a great story, with lots of twist and turns and enough suspense to surprise you in the end. I'm glad I kept reading even when I hated the h/h, it's definitely worth the wait to get to the good parts!
Collision Course is a Sci-fi Romance just like I love them. I've read a few books by Zoe Archer a...more(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc
Collision Course is a Sci-fi Romance just like I love them. I've read a few books by Zoe Archer and I really enjoyed her writing style, so when I learned about Collision Course I was ecstatic! This author delivers once again.
Mara is a very independent woman. She is a scavenger and for her 'home' is her very own spaceship. She is very proud of her achievements and she's not really happy when she is told she has to help Commander Kell Frayne to find a stolen ship and it's pilot. Mara doesn't have much choices, she's being blackmailed, she has to agree to help or they'll make her life hell (understatement of the year).
Kell is a commander with the 8th Wing, he would do anything to save both the ship and the pilot from getting into the hands of the enemy. His colleague has been kidnapped and he's pretty sure her kidnappers will try to sell her and the ship to their enemy, the Praxis alliance. Right now all they know is that the ship and pilot will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Mara is the only one who can get them through the Smoke Quadrant, a dangerous place scavengers call home and it's the place to go to learn more about this stolen ship.
Kell and Mara are forced to work together, well they even are forced to live together in Mara's small ship. The chemistry between those two is sizzling from the start. They are so different, he's 'the law', she's a scavenger. I really enjoyed seeing Mara tempt him and flirt with him. They try to resist the temptation but they are attracted to each other.The first night they spend in the ship was funny, sexy and frustrating, so you can imagine that I loved it. Kell is very sexy and intense. Some scenes were very very hot, I have in mind a scene after a tough landing. NOM nom nom. I really enjoyed seeing those 2 stubborn people work it out. This book is filled with humor and sarcasm, and I just love that.
We slowly learn more about them and how they came to be who they are today. Both of them suffered in the past and they start seeing themselves in the each others. The story is well paced and interesting from start to end. There's a lot of action too. The sci-fi aspect never was too overwhelming (what I'm always afraid of when I start a Sci-fi book).
Collision Course is a fast read, full of action, humor and very steamy scenes. I know I'm often picky with endings but I was happy with the way it ended. It's altogether a very satisfying book.
After reading Kristan Higgins' last book, All I Ever Wanted, I added this author to my Auto-Read lis...more(This was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
After reading Kristan Higgins' last book, All I Ever Wanted, I added this author to my Auto-Read list. My One and Only didn't disappoint. This book played havoc on my nerves. I cried a few times (what is it with books making me cry this year?!) and I was rooting for the characters to have their HEA.
Harper is a Divorce Attorney, a very good one as it is. As you can imagine she is a bit cynical about marriage, or 'realistic' as she says. Her job is to help people put an end to bad relationships. Harper is very pragmatic and since she knows exactly what can go wrong in a relationship, she thinks she can have a good marriage with her Boyfriend, Dennis. While Dennis is an extremely good looking fireman, he's still not perfect enough for Harper. She is sure she knows how to change him and make him perfect for her life. Harper doesn't want to get married for love, she wants a family because she thinks it's 'time'. Dennis is a very funny character, for once he keeps calling her 'Dude' which irritates her to no end. More than often I thought he was more of a good friend than boyfriend material.
Harper's sister is getting married. A third time. The problem is she only just met her future husband, and her 2 previous marriages were catastrophes. Oh and since the wedding is planned in 2 weeks, Harper doesn't have much time to try making her sister see reason. The sky fell on Harper when she learns that the future groom, is the brother of her ex-husband, Nick. This means that she'll have to see Nick again after more than 12 years. Still following? I like Harper, she's a really good person and she is there for her family. She loves her sister and she doesn't want to see her hurt. I felt bad for her sister when she kept trying to convince her maybe she shouldn't get married so fast. Harper is still scarred from the failure of her own marriage.
The best thing about this book is that the flashbacks from Harper and Nick's past relationship are perfectly incorporated in the story. I usually have a hard time with flashbacks, but these chapters were the most intense. I felt sucker-punched by the emotion from these chapters. It takes 2 persons to fail a relationship, and that's exactly what this book makes us see. I kept changing my mind about who was responsible for this failure. One page I was on Harper's side the next on Nick's. The death of their marriage was so sad I kept crying every time there was a flashback. They were both wrong and they both hurt. *wipes tears*
I'm not giving away a spoiler by saying that at some point Harper and Nick are stuck together in a road trip home (it's in the blurb!). This road trip was fantastic, we learned a lot about both characters and what happened to them in the years since their divorce. We also come to understand Harper better, why she is so pessimistic about relationships and her fears (That heroine has some huge commitment issues, sadly I can relate to that). Nick is a fantastic man, I found him so romantic and funny. He's just plain adorable. He made me cry while smiling a few times too. He pretty much broke my heart by himself.
Family is important in this book (as in many Kristan Higgins' books) and I loved all the secondary plots about them. Harper's mother-in-law really grew on me, I was rooting for her by the end of the book. Now let's not forget a very important character, Coco, Harper's very cute dog. I love how the author always creates a wonderful companion for her characters. Coco shines throughout the book.
Now even if I loved Harper, I really wanted to slap her silly a few times. She really give all its meaning to the phrase 'Hell is paved with good intentions'. About the end of the book, Harper does something very stupid which lead to a lot of hurt. I understand why she did it, I would probably have been a coward too. But at that moment I wanted to throw the book against the wall. I forgave her 20 pages later though ;) The ending was a bit much but I didn't mind too much. It was still cute.
My One and Only is a very emotional book. Kristan Higgins wrote a powerful love story about second chances that will make you smile and possibly cry too. I will be impatiently waiting for the next book by this author.
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