I’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst cI’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst caused by the fact that Aileen was a “fallen woman” and Blake was so determined to be proper and never cause a scandal due to his illegitimate status.
That’s not to mention the instant dislike/lust that they both found themselves in from the start, and the chemistry between them was delicious.
One thing that really stood out about this story for me was my discovery of just how much I dislike “time jumps”. You know, the ones where it’s “a week passed by…” type of thing? It led to far too much “telling” and not enough actually experiencing things through the eyes of the characters. While I understood the necessity of it, it still left a bad taste in my mouth.
That said, however, I enjoyed the unconventional (divorced) heroine, the forbidden romance, and the honorable-to-a-fault hero. The Aileen’s sister made me want to murder her on more than one occasion, and I can’t wait to read her story in the next installment of the series and see if another man does a better job of taming her.
There was another aspect of the story that I absolutely adored, though I fear that including it would be a spoiler, so I must only hint at it — the presence and storyline of Tara’s former love, Raury. I was very leery of reading it when the story began, but I was very pleased with the outcome.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read — one that surprised me on many levels, and I will be following this series as it continues.
Kind of a wild premise (but that was explained towards the end of the book), but still quite enjoyable, despite the author's apparent deep and abidingKind of a wild premise (but that was explained towards the end of the book), but still quite enjoyable, despite the author's apparent deep and abiding love for thesaurus.com and the somewhat cliche events that happen towards the end.
Good gracious why not just have Jeannette stand in the middle of London with her top off, since it seems everyone else in this novel gets a gander atGood gracious why not just have Jeannette stand in the middle of London with her top off, since it seems everyone else in this novel gets a gander at her tatas?
I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, seeing as how it was written back in the days where forced nudity and dubious consent was the fashion, but this is a big pet peeve of mine, and in the end, there's only so much I can take.
Expected Release Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Duke’s Men Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Pretend Marriage, Fearful of Falling Mad (Family History Of Madness), Enemies To Lovers
Lighthearted without being silly, and with a delightfully besotted hero who is determined never to marry, this one is a true gem.
Though I admit it bugged me a bit that I knew the cause of Max’s family’s “madness”, even though the medical technology of that era wouldn’t necessarily have allowed him to have been aware of it, I loved the tension caused by his determination to never marry and sire an heir.
Max and Lisette were a perfect foil for each other, even when neither could decide whether they even liked the other. The chemistry was delicious, and the mystery surrounding Max’s family kept the story moving without ever overwhelming the romance.
And I do love a hero who is worried that he’ll one day fall mad like the rest of his family.
I guess I'm more of a prude than I realized, because this book and I got off to a bad start when the very first scene involved the hero and heroine meI guess I'm more of a prude than I realized, because this book and I got off to a bad start when the very first scene involved the hero and heroine meeting for the first time, and her promptly (and cheerfully) surrendering her virginity to him.
It rather went downhill from there, with several Too Stupid To Live moments, a hero and heroine who BOTH really deserved to be horsewhipped on occasion, and quite a bit of utter ridiculous behavior from people who were supposedly in the upper echelon of society.
Don't get me wrong, it was delightfully steamy, with plenty of naughty romps, but in the end, that wasn't enough to save me from characters that I wanted to throttle for more than half of the book.
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Expected Release Date: January 23, 2013 Publisher: Spencerhill Associates, Ltd. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Muses of Mayfair Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Unrealistic Behavior: Historical, Vindictive Ex Favorite Tropes: Courting Scandal, Hero In Pursuit
There are a lot of historical romances out there with a heroine courting scandal by participating in behavior that is more suitable for males and/or the lower classes, but this is the first one I’ve read with a member of the ton actually treading the boards as an actress — and not just any actress, mind you, but a wildly talented and successful one.
With such a unique storyline, I was hooked from the beginning. While there were admittedly times where I had trouble suspending my disbelief, because to pull off such a feat in real life would be virtually impossible, for the most part, I was able to sit back and enjoy Madeline’s escapades.
My biggest issue with this story was the presence of the dreaded Vindictive Ex, who played the part of our main villain in the story. I despise having a hero’s ex-lovers thrown into the heroine’s face throughout the story, and so this has always been one of my least favorite tropes in romance, and this was no exception.
However, making up for her presence was the fact that Ferguson was besotted with Madeline very early on, and the secondary storylines of both his and Madeline’s families, and the major developments both of their characters made as the story progressed.
In the end, it was a highly entertaining read, and I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Ramsey in the future.
A bit too whirlwind for me, but then again, so are most novellas. Nice and steamy though; great for Valentine's Day. Full review to follow (and can IA bit too whirlwind for me, but then again, so are most novellas. Nice and steamy though; great for Valentine's Day. Full review to follow (and can I just say how much I'm looking forward to Owen's book?!)...more
This author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound forThis author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound formulaic, I still enjoy them, despite the horrible tendency to pick a pet name for the heroine and abuse it until the very end.
This was a cute tale of a "proper" Duke's daughter trying to find her independence in Regency England -- and of course, choosing to do so by finding aThis was a cute tale of a "proper" Duke's daughter trying to find her independence in Regency England -- and of course, choosing to do so by finding a wicked rake to "tutor" her in scanadalous ways.
Despite this trope having been done nearly to death in historical romance, I still enjoyed it. Iona wasn't QUITE as stupid about her escapades as many heroines in similar situations (though really, the whole gambling thing with the mustache made me shake my head), and Nathan actually managed to redeem himself in my eyes despite having gotten off to a VERY nasty start.
This was free on Kindle when I picked it up, but I'd still recommend it had it been regular price -- a sweet, easy read with just enough drama, angst, and steam to keep things interesting.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarpeThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.eloisajames.com/ My Source for This Book: Wal-Mart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Fairy Tales Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Cute and sweet and funny and exciting and sexy and occasionally heartbreaking, I loved Quin, and of course was all about Oliva, with her overweight figure and bawdy sense of humor. For the most part, the story was quite lighthearted, even when things looked to be quite serious, and there were only a few spots that I didn’t really care for.
I loved the dynamic between Olivia and her sister, and the angst caused by the forbidden romance between her and Quin, as well as the excitement that happened later in the book.
Overall, I would recommend this to fans of realistically sized heroines, forbidden romance, and unconventional heroes.
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Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author's Website: http://www.vickydreiling.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Lady Julianne Gatewick has always harbored a tendre for her brother's best friend, Marc Darcett, the Earl of Hawkfield. When he's asked by her brother to be her guardian for the season, and then whisks her around the ballroom in a borderline scandalous waltz, she's ecstatic -- that is, until he informs everyone within earshot that she's like a sister to him and therefor in no danger.
Heartbroken and humiliated, she turns to her friends and her (rather wild) aunt and after a few tears and a lot of advice, she decides to write a pamphlet for other women in her situation to give advice on how to even a social playing field where women are expected to be chaste and charming and marry very young, while men are expected to be rakes and wait until the last possible minute to fall into the parson's mousetrap. Called "The Secrets of Seduction", her anonymously penned pamphlet creates a storm of scandal among the ton, and soon everyone is trying to discover her identity, including Marc. Fed up with Marc's admonishments to avoid other rakes, and determined to finally make him see her as a woman rather than an annoying little sister, she asks Marc to teach her the tricks that rakes use for seduction, so that she will be better equipped to recognize and avoid them in others in the future. Little does she know that Marc has been doing everything in his power to avoid his attraction to Julianne, and when you play with fire, you just might get burned...
Overall, this was quite enjoyable. While quite different from the first book in the series, Ms. Dreiling's voice as a writer remains as strong as ever, so that the angst and chemistry between our hero and heroine is everything we've come to expect.
The beautiful pain that Julianne's unrequited love of Marc brings was absolutely wonderful, and the forbidden aspect of their relationship just added to the fun.
Recommended for fans of childhood friends secretly pining for each other, of heroes with pasts so scandalous that they avoid love altogether, and of discovering that together, anything can be overcome.