Title: The Earl’s Return Author: Callie Hutton Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #7 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pub Date: AugustTitle: The Earl’s Return Author: Callie Hutton Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #7 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pub Date: August 22, 2016 Pages: 208 My Copy: Courtesy of NetGalley and Entangled Publishing
London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.
One woman catches his eye . . .
At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.
A totally delicious historical romance that lures you in right from the start. I love how our hero and heroine are at two different places at the start of this story. Redgrave and Lady Mary are two people who shouldn’t be together, but sometimes fate has other plans.
I like how the Darius, the Earl of Redgrave needs to have an heir. He is finally free to pursue a new wife from society if he wishes now that his time of morning for his deceased wife has passed. He is known as someone who people are somewhat weary of him because of what happened to him in the past and what he was forced to do. I really like how this opened up with hero in the book rather than the heroine.
There is some hesitation when he meets a certain young woman, our heroine Lady Mary socializing with two other young women. When they meet, things get interesting. He knows that he shouldn’t be flirting with her or even talking to her because of what he did to his sister Abagail a few years ago. He knows that things are going to get intense for him. So he decides to try to pursue other women that might want to be with him for life, but an encounter with someone who is bothering Mary in the garden, forces him to intervene. This of course leads Mary to thank him for her rescue.
Lady Mary and the Earl of Redgrave meet up at several parties and events during the season. He also is volunteering and donating his time to an orphanage that Lady Mary also happens to be volunteering at. So this leads them to spend a lot of time together in the book. Darius knows that he should not be spending time with her, but yet circumstances and the fact that they start to realize that things are not always what you want, but need.
There are a lot of things from the past that come up. Darius doesn’t have the best relationship with his former father in law who is supposedly running some kind of investment scheme with a diamond mine. This makes him wary and he wants to warn his fellow peers of this, but his former father-in law decides to pull some of his weight around. He makes a threat that has Darius in the bind. Of course he flashes back to what happened the night before he was supposed to marry Mary’s sister Abagail. We get to see the real tragedy of what happened.
Supposedly he was strong armed into marrying Lady Priscilla because she claimed to her father, that the Earl of Redgrave, Darius ruined her. He was supposed to marry Abagail. Priscilla was a real peace of work herself. Darius pleaded with both his father in law not to force him to do this. He did it because Priscilla’s father strong-armed him into abandoning Abagail at the altar. He always disliked how he handled the situation. We learn that Priscilla never told anybody who the baby’s father was. She also lost the baby and made sure that Darius knew it. Their relationship was difficult to say the least. We get a flashback of what their marriage. It was pure hell for both him and Priscilla who imagined a different life. Then she passed away.
As the book progresses, he runs into problems with his former father-in law who threatens to ruin his reputation if he says anything to anybody about the diamond mine. He is horrified that his former father in law would stoop to that level. He keeps his mouth shut for a while, but things get more intense as him and Mary’s friendship is developing into something more. We learn that they both need the other and are falling for one another. This is dangerous for both of them because of the past. Plus the fact that they start to connect on a deeper level makes them realize that this is a relationship worth pursuing.
Despite his past relationship with Lady Mary’s family, he finds a way to thwart his ex-father in law’s scheme to rob people thanks to Lady Mary’s brother’s help. Their argument was so good when Mary let her doubts almost ruin what they have, yet their scenes were so intense and good, especially the scene where they make love for the first time. This is a couple who doesn’t have the most easiest of roads, yet they manage to come out on top because of being honest and caring with one another. I really enjoyed this book a lot.
Dark, decadently rich book that has you literally wanting more of this world with each passing page. Tenn, our hero has a lot of challenges ahead of hDark, decadently rich book that has you literally wanting more of this world with each passing page. Tenn, our hero has a lot of challenges ahead of him because of what he can do. He has some difficult choices to make and does make them even if they don’t always seem obvious.
One of the most interesting is that when we start the book, there is ton of action and that Tenn along with some other hunters have hunted an animal and need to take it home before these creatures called Howls take their kill and things of course go bad. Everything is really bad as people are struggling to survive. Tenn’s lover Jarrett is the leader of the Hunters. The Hunters are trying to control and keep the Howls at bay and other nasty things of course, but that isn’t going to happen. It’s a very scary thing.
I really thought that while I was reading that it was going to be much darker and it was totally worth it. The relationships were so well written. Tenn and Jarrett’s relationship seemed to be one that was very caring and loving. These two young men are in a hard world and find something that is rare even in this world. Plus there are creatures who threaten this relationship in a lot of different ways. Yet something happens that really disrupts their lives and one of them has to make a painful, agonizing decision that you didn’t see coming. You are screaming “NO, NO”, this didn’t happen. I really was impressed.
The detail with which A.R. Kahler describes things, you find yourself totally immersed in the world and the struggles that Tenn goes through. Also his use of magic and what he can do with the sphere of Water is impressive as he learns to use it, harness it, and wield it in ways that he never even thought possible. The use of the villainous characters was really well done. Leanna, Matthias, and Tomas were so interesting. I really liked the roles that each of them played in Tenn’s development and how he fought each of them was different. Tomas was the most interesting because of being an incubus. Plus Tomas was very manipulative.
This book was really good and the way that it ended was so different than I expected. I totally am looking forward to the next book in this series....more
This was an interesting book. Let me say that I have adored the previous books in this series. I was kind of curious to see where this book would takeThis was an interesting book. Let me say that I have adored the previous books in this series. I was kind of curious to see where this book would takes us after the events of Shadowdance. Holly Evernight and Will Thorne are bound by what has happened because of things beyond their control to understand.
At times I felt that these two characters were really thrown together by circumstances that neither of them could control. I felt that their chemistry could have been better. It was a little hard for me to believe that these two could work at first, but it did eventually once Holly and Will stop being so stubborn with one another. He believes that she has done him wrong and Holly tries to explain about the events that have led them to this point. There seemed to be some very interesting things about this pair.
I totally felt like Holly at times was indecisive or decisive and does what she want despite what William tells her not to do. It can drive him up the wall about Holly and me too. I found that Holly Evernight was frustrating to me as a reader. The woman needs to make up her mind and follow through with things. There are things that she keeps to herself. I found that William was right to be frustrated. I also like how William doesn’t remember things, but he knows that this woman is driving him mad with sexual need.
The scenes between Holly and William were okay. I felt at times that even though they were working together, i got the feeling that Holly liked being independent. Their lovemaking scenes were good, but sometimes I felt when reading it, there was a connection between these two. I felt that William was doing all the work in the bedroom since Holly seemed to be reluctant.
As I was getting towards the second half, the plot seem to get a little convoluted. I was a little overwhelmed with the Nexus, the Assassins, The Fae Queen Mab….seemed to all have a stake in what Holly and William were going to do. It was good, but I like things that seemed to make sense. I felt at times it was a bit much for me as a reader to take.
Overall, I liked the book, but this one was an okay entry in the series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Title: Legend Author: Marie Lu Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons Inc-Imprint of Penguin Pub Date: November 29, 2011 Genre: Young Adult Dystopian My Copy: ATitle: Legend Author: Marie Lu Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons Inc-Imprint of Penguin Pub Date: November 29, 2011 Genre: Young Adult Dystopian My Copy: ARC got at BEA-Book Expo America
Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year old June is a military prodigy committed to her country.
Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal.
From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths-until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered. And Day becomes the prime suspect.
Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival while June tries desperately to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really bought them together and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.
What first caught my attention about this book was the cover. I saw the shiny Silver and a Gold Logo on it and got curious about it. The blurb sounded interesting enough and I picked it up. Thought the book was amazing. Utterly amazed by how well written this was. Just when I thought I had enough of YA Dystopian novels, this one made me like it based on the story and the writing.
Normally I don’t like books that switch between characters voices, because sometimes it gets hard to understand. Very few books can switch the narrative between two characters, but in this case it works. The writer understands that both June and Day live in very different worlds. We are taken through a journey with both of these characters. You immediately like both of them, at least I did. What makes each of them unique is their ability to react very human like.
Even though the characters come from very different backgrounds, I found it amazing that they are still human beings and want to care for people. Day cares for Tess and tries to help her to the best of his ability. Day finds that his own family is being targeted as well. There is a plague going on in the poorer sections of the Republic. This will have important ramifications near the end of this book.
June wants to do well. She’s a cadet or officer in training. Her brother Metias is her guardian and only family. June loves her brother and they have a very loving brother-sister relationship. It’s very evident in the beginning of the book. When her brother dies, she is devastated and doesn’t show it in front of the other officers, but grieves in private. You really feel that grief.
She vows to bring her brother’s killer to justice thinking it is Day, but will later find out that’s it not. When June is given the assignment to track Day, she leaps up at the chance. Little Does June realize that Day is not responsible, but rather an escape goat to cover up something far more sinister. When June and Day meet it is not under the best of circumstances. June pretends to be someone else. Never lets Day know who she really is.
June and Day grow close, but ultimately June betrays him. June feels guilty and ashamed after she discovers some new evidence and finds that Metias left her information. June has a decision to make. She doesn’t know if it’s the right one, but feels that is the right one. The end of this book was filled with so many action packed moments were great. It was like a roller-coaster.
I really loved the way this book flowed. The only thing that I didn’t like about the book and it was one minor little thing….Day’s point of view was in this Gold Lettering and kind of made it hard to read at times. Hope they change this to a darker color.