Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Lady Isabella to make it short) is the 2nd book in the Highland P...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage (Lady Isabella to make it short) is the 2nd book in the Highland Pleasures series. I ADORED to pieces the 1st book, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. If you haven’t read it yet you really should because it’s an amazing book (My favorite Historical from 2009!!). To be truthful it was the book that made me fall in love with Historical Romances. This series is about the 4 Mackenzie brothers, Lady Isabella tell the story of ‘Mac’ the artist and his estranged wife.
When I started the book I knew it couldn’t surpass book #1 but that didn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy it…and I was right, this is a very good book!! From the beginning I was completely absorbed by the story. Reading the book synopsis, I wasn’t sure I’d like it…well they ARE already married and separated, it didn’t sound very appealing. I shouldn’t have doubted Jennifer Ashley’s skills because by page 50 my heart was already breaking for them.
Isabella and Mac shared passion, but their marriage was not perfect. On the contrary Mac drove her mad to the point that she left him 3 years ago. The passion between them was bursting through the pages, I felt for them deeply and I wanted them together already. I didn’t think I could bear 300 pages of suffering…fortunately for me it wasn’t all suffering. I loved the story, Mac is trying to get her back and he’ll do anything to make that happen.
I’m just going to say that I love Mac, he’s a very sexy artist. When he paints, he’s only wearing his Kilt and boots! *drools* All I have to say is MAJOR NOM! The Smex is amazing (yes I was there!), deeply erotic and lush. Many amazing smex scenes, VERY memorable ones! I’m pretty sure you’ll never look at scones and cream the same ever again! I found this book…very HOT! The chemistry between the two of them was sizzling! (prepare a bucket of ice before you start it).
The story is interesting, there are a few twists and mysteries that will keep you entertained throughout the book. (I mean apart from the Hot Smex lol). The main ‘mystery’ was resolved a bit too easily though. I think it’ll always go back to how much I LOVED Mac. He’s a great character, you’ll see for yourself *wink*. We get to see more of the Mackenzie brothers too. I didn’t find the same Ian I loved until the end of the book though. It was a bit weird to see him from the outside. (but I still feel like re-reading The Madness of Lord Ian again now because it' is A-wait-for-it-MAZING)
I will just end by saying that I loved the epilogue. This is exactly what I want an epilogue to be. The HEA lover in me was very very happy. All in all this is a great book, it was not easy to live up to the first book but Jennifer Ashley did a great job. I cannot wait for the next book, which will be about Cam! (yes Mac, Cam, Mackenzie…I kept getting confused with all the names lol) (less)
(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc) My Thoughts: I fell in love with the cover months ago when I first saw it on a few blogs. Then I read am...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc) My Thoughts: I fell in love with the cover months ago when I first saw it on a few blogs. Then I read amazing reviews of this book, and knew I had to read this book. I am not disappointed I did but I’m afraid I won’t make justice to how beautiful this book is.
I think I have to explain a little something about myself so that you understand my view of this book. I’m the HEA Book Lover…and not for any reason, because I NEED Happy endings in my books. I get distressed by too depressing book (panic attacks and all that), this is one of the reasons why I read reviews before reading a book…to make certain it has a HEA. And when there’s no review I do something many other readers do I read the last page of the book to see if it ends well (Yes you know who you are!). I know, it’s silly but I have to be sure the book won’t make me sick. Anyway I did exactly that with Addicted, I read the last page of the epilogue not even the whole epilogue just the last page…and I jumped to conclusions about the story. *headdesk* So I read the book thinking that I knew how it was going to end, and Oh boy, how I was wrong ! lol I’ve learned my lesson I can tell you (But I’m pretty sure it’ll happen again).
Let’s start from the beginning. At first I wasn’t sure I’d like this book, why? because I started reading it and I was shocked at how different it was from all the historical romances I’m used to read. I’m not saying this novel is not historically accurate, but I was used to reading Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas where a girl would be mortified at the idea of being ‘ruined’…and here the heroine is very ‘open' with her sexuality she knows quite a lot for such a young Lady of good family and is often left un-chaperoned with the hero many times. But after a few chapters I realized I was reading it all wrong, I was reading the book as an Historical Romance while in fact it is an Historical Erotica!! When I realized my error I started enjoying it more and more…and then I just couldn’t stop reading it!
The story is very intense, I loved the Hero, Lindsay. He is torn between the 2 loves of his life…Anais and Opium. His addiction to Opium is the result of a heartbreak. Lindsay has been smoking/eating Opium since College but he thought he was the master of it but when things get terribly wrong with the love of his life he seeks refuge in Opium and the balance is reversed…now Lindsay NEEDS opium, he is addicted. I was worried the Opium addiction would get too sordid but it wasn’t, we get to understand why he sought oblivion and peace in drug. This matter was handled very well, I’m usually not very understanding when it comes to drug addiction but in this book you feel for the hero and understand his choices.
The other addiction of Lindsay is Anais, she is the love of his life and there’s no doubt in his mind that he will be with her for the rest of his life. Even after ‘the Event’ (See, no spoilers! lol) he seeks her in every way he can…even if it’s only through opium. I wasn’t happy about her choices but I could understand them, she was heartbroken and scared and she had to go through hard times. I was often frustrated with her, but near the end there is a letter addressed to Lindsay relating what she went through and I was near crying. It was heart wrenching to know she had to make choices that would forever change her and Lindsay’s life. I was crying by the time she realized she could never go back. The scene in the Church was very emotional. I can’t possibly say more without revealing spoilers (It’s silly but I have tears in my eyes only thinking about it, let’s hope I don’t have to re-read this review too many times lol).
There is a HEA in the end. But the story is so intense and the consequences of the main characters’ actions are so heart wrenching that it left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. It’s not what I’d call a conventional HEA. Don’t get me wrong I loved this book and they do get their happy ending, It’s only because I jumped to the wrong conclusions when I peaked at that last page and I wanted to bang my head on the wall for being so stupid *wink* (Maybe I’ll learn my lesson now).
I had a little Twitter Chat with a few bloggers that have read Addicted and/Or Sinful (the next book coming out in May) and I realized I’m not the only one that wasn’t ready for the depths of this story, It deals with dark subjects but it was beautifully done. I loved reading Addicted and I had a hard time closing the book, I fell in love with the characters and I’m happy to know that we’ll see more of Anais and Lindsay in Sinful. This book won’t leave you indifferent, you will either love it or hate it. I give this book 4 and a half Bookies and I can’t recommend it enough. I am really looking forward to reading Sinful.(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)
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 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!
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 books is set during a period of history that I didn’t know much about, the Civil War and the Resto...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)
This books is set during a period of history that I didn’t know much about, the Civil War and the Restoration. I started reading Libertine’s Kiss and I just couldn’t stop. I am now fascinated by this period and by the reign of Charles II. I think Judith James’ writing might have something to do with that *wink*. I love her style! I already loved Broken Wing (My review here) but now after reading Libertine’s Kiss she’s on my Auto-buy list!
The hero William de Veres is a rake, a real one! Usually in historical romances, the said rake is only one in name for when he meet the heroine he is magically changed to a perfect gentleman. In Libertine’s Kiss, William is a true libertine, he knows who he is and he makes it clear to the heroine. I loved that fact. William doesn’t change in a heartbeat. He’s never cruel, he’s just true to himself and he doesn’t make promises he won’t keep.
Well I should have warned you but I fell in love with William from the first page. He is a poet but a rather cynical one and he’s never afraid to make fun of his king. There are many poems in this book, very funny cynical poems that entertained me a lot. Of course he’s charming and handsome *g*. But William is haunted by his past and he’s not the child he was when he first met the heroine.
One thing I adored in this book was the insight we have on Charles’ Court. The heroine finds herself at Court and she is completely lost but with the help of William she will learn the ways of courtiers, how to dress like them, how to attract the eye. I was mesmerized. This Court is a debauched one, pleasure is on top of everyone’s agenda and Elizabeth will have to listen to William’s advices to get what she came for. I found the king very interesting and the interactions with Elizabeth were fascinating. (Yes I have a soft spot for Court intrigues lol)
I can’t tell more without revealing too much of the book but I’ll just tell you that I couldn’t close this book (ok this ‘Ebook’, but you got the idea), I found myself reading until 3AM to stay with the characters. The writing is beautiful and sensual. Judith James gave depth too all of her characters. At the end of the book I was grinning from ear to ear. If you love historical romances you will love this book, I’m sure I will be rereading it. I can't wait for The King's Courtesan, it sounds amazing and I'm SO excited. *sigh* But it won't be out until Spring 2011!!! (Check out Judith's website...the cover and blurb is there!!!)
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)
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)
You can't go wrong with this series! Rebel is once again a great addition to The Blades of the Rose ser...more(This was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
You can't go wrong with this series! Rebel is once again a great addition to The Blades of the Rose series. I loved Warrior and Scoundrel and I can now add Rebel to the list. Zoe Archer took us to Mongolia and Greece, this time we're going to the wilderness of Canada.
We learned about Astrid's existence through Catullus (I <3 Catullus) at the end of Scoundrel. We only knew that a few years ago she decided to leave everything and everyone behind to grieve her husband's death. We find her, an hermit, living by herself in a nearly deserted part of Canada. She only interacts with the trappers when she has to. She is a strong and independent woman who survived the horror of loosing her husband in a battle. I really liked her, she thought herself dead inside and refused to get attached to anyone ever again. Nathan Lesperance is an attorney, the only native attorney in Canada. He's been taken from his family, his tribe, when he was a child, to be brought up by the government. As a result he is an outsider, neither belonging with the Indians nor the White men. I really liked Nathan, he is strong and intelligent. When he meets Astrid, something awoke in him. (But I won't say more, so I won't spoil anything *wink*).
When Heirs shows up, Astrid and Nathan are forced to work together to stay alive and search for a Source to protect. Their quest for the Source won't be an easy one. We discover a side of Canada that I've never seen, the wilderness is breathtaking. Once again I felt like I was there with the heroes. It's really something amazing about Zoe Archer's writing.
I felt that the romance took a less important part in the book. I mean it's definitely there...but early in the book it already felt like being set in stone. I'm not saying there isn't some very hot smex scenes (coz there are! LOL). But for once, I was so engrossed in the adventure that I didn't mind that it was a little bit less smexy than in the previous books. Rebel is an action-packed story with a very cute romance. Astrid and Nathan really deserved their HEA. They both found a haven in each other.
Now...I know he's not the hero of this book but I couldn't not mention Catullus. I love this character and he's playing a big part in Rebel. I cannot wait to read his book, Stranger which comes out in a month *sob* A MONTH!!! You will love Catullus, but be warned that he's MINE and I'll wrestle you all to keep him for myself if I have to lol.
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)
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).
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.
Breathless is the 3rd book in the House of Rohan series. I loved the first 2 books and I was a bit...more(This was originally posted on Secret HEA Society)
Breathless is the 3rd book in the House of Rohan series. I loved the first 2 books and I was a bit scared to read this one. Anne Stuart has been known for her abrupt endings and I knew this one didn't have an epilogue. This is why it took me months before I dared read it. How wrong I was! This book was amazing. It made me go all 'O_o' quite a few times but in the end it was just a fantastic read.
Lucien is the most wicked, the most ruthless hero I've ever read about. In comparison the heroes of the first 2 books were very very tamed. He's soooooo wicked. Lucien wants revenge for his sister's death. He wants to make the Rohan family suffer really bad. So in order to get this revenge, Lucien had Miranda kidnapped and ruined. He paid someone to do this and marry her but she escaped and her family protected her. Now a few years later she's happy to live outside society. But she feels lonely, she's been shunned by the rest of the world. This is not enough for Lucien, he wants to make her and her family suffer all their life. He bids is time, you know the saying 'revenge is better served cold', well this hero believes in it. He plans on winning her trust and then seduce her.
I think what really surprised me is that I thought Lucien would reform. He would soften with time, but he's one wicked son of a b*tch. Don't get me wrong, I loved this character but he's very evil. The whole book kept me on edge. Miranda is a fantastic character, she's strong and she is very courageous. I loved that nothing would keep her down, she tries to see the positive side of everything. When Lucien brings her to his gloomy ruin of an estate he thinks he'll kill her spirit (seriously that's his goal for the whole book! if that's not ruthless what is!). How wrong he was! It was hilarious to see Miranda remodel the house to her liking.
What had me in hysterics was that their fight for power never cease. The ending of the book was really abrupt and it was very bittersweet. More bitter than sweet though. I'm seriously hoping we'll see what happened to them next in the new book in the series (Shameless).
As in all the books in the series there is a secondary romance. I loved seeing Jacob Donnelly and Jane Pagett fall in love. He is London's most notorious thief and she is the heroine's best friend. I LOVED this romance. I was so eager to see what would happen to them. Their chapters were so good I couldn't stop reading. They meet by accident, she surprise him while he's stealing something and it's passion at first glance. She doesn't know who this wicked man is, it was too dark when they met. So when they meet again, she doesn't recognize him. Oh how I LOVED those 2! It was sweet and hot and I was rooting for them from the start. I loved everything about this story. Very satisfying. I even wish we'd seen more of their story.
Breathless is the best book in the series in my opinion. It had me raging and shouting at the book. I loved to hate the hero. Even a month after reading it I'm feeling strongly about it. Anne Stuart did her magic again and gave us a book you cannot easily forget.