Expected Release Date: March 21, 2013 Publisher: Suzanna Medeiros Imprint:...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 21, 2013 Publisher: Suzanna Medeiros Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.suzannamedeiros.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Landing A Lord series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Farfetched Premise (Minor), Too Stupid To Live Moment (Hero) Favorite Tropes: Scared to Father Heirs, Spinster Heroine, Marriage of Convenience
The main thing holding this story back was the hero’s bullheadedness. First, is his stubborn resolution to stick with his ridiculous plan to have his best friend father an heir. Sure, it sounded like a good idea in theory, back before he’d actually gotten married, and his “wife” was just a nameless, faceless woman who would be receiving the benefits of his title and wealth, and would simply have to lay with a different man that she didn’t love. Not a big deal, considering that his marriage wouldn’t be a love match to begin with, right?
But his determination to see his plan through, even when it became obvious that the idea of Louisa and Kerrick together made him want to break things, made me want to shake him. More than that, however, was the fact that he knew that the disease that killed his brother and his father, and by association, his mother, was made worse by alcohol, and yet the man still drank like a fish. It was that stupidity that really made me throw my hands up in the air.
Still, it was a very entertaining read, with plenty of drama and a wonderful twist at the end.
Recommended for fans of marriages of convenience, heroes determined not to beget heirs of their own due to some sort of hereditary condition that they don’t wish to pass on, and heroines just as determined to woo those husbands.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.kaseymichaels.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Blackthorn Brothers Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
The illegitimate son of a marquess, Oliver was raised and educated far above his station. He lived with his father in his grand estate, received an education befitting the legal heir of a marquess, and was incredibly wealthy. Unfortunately, being brought up in such an accepting environment also left him quite naive. At age 22, he failed to see that society viewed him as a joke — a bastard son who would never truly be one of them. It was because of this naiveté that he failed to realize that his suit to the lovely Madelyn was only a prank on her part, culminating in his very painful, and very public, humiliation at the hands of her brother.
Barely more than a child at the time of that incident, Lady Chelsea is now in grave danger of being married off to the most horrible man she can imagine — Francis Flotley — a man who has not only conned his way into her brother’s life by claiming to be a spiritual leader, but one who very plainly hates women and will take great pleasure in breaking Chelsea, physically and mentally, once they are married. Given just a moment to formulate her escape, she runs to Oliver’s lodgings, knowing that if she can convince him to elope with her, that she will not only be able to escape her fate with Mr. Flotley, but that she can offer Oliver the one thing that tempts him the most: the ultimate revenge against her brother.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this one. I do adore a good revenge plot, and I loved that despite his disillusions he was much more of a gentleman than others in the story who actually carried the title. While the trip to Gretna Green seemed to take much longer than I’d have liked it, the pacing actually worked fairly nicely as it allowed Oliver and Chelsea to actually get to know one another before saying their vows.
Recommended for fans of sudden elopements, heroes on the outer rungs of society, revenge plots, and convoluted family arrangements. 4/5 Stars(less)
Probably my favorite out of the four in the series, if not for a few irritating points.
What worked for me: *LOVED the reason Lord Everod was estranged...moreProbably my favorite out of the four in the series, if not for a few irritating points.
What worked for me: *LOVED the reason Lord Everod was estranged from his family. That was CRAZY!
*I really enjoyed the wives of the previous characters circled around Maura when they began to perceive Everod as a threat
*I also liked the Big Betrayal between Everod and Maura. Well done toward the angst factor to me.
What didn't work for me: *I didn't really "get" the ILY's -- it was like "ah the sex is wonderful" then *BAM* they're in love. I almost felt like I'd missed something
*In the same vein, I didn't care for the transitions between scenes. For one thing, towards the very end, when she spends the night with "her fiance" -- he's insisting on sharing a bed, she's trying to manipulate him into not touching her, then BOOM, we're into the next day. Well, wth happened?? Did she sleep next to him chastely? Did she make him sleep in the floor? Did she bone him to keep him calm?? C'mon throw me a bone here!
* The ending LITERALLY felt as though the author reached her page limit and said "oh crap I guess I gotta end it here". I don't know -- I think I really needed an epilogue or something.
Overall, I liked it. It was a good plot, nicely smutty, with likable characters and devious villains. The negatives though were HUGE issues for me, so my final score is 3 1/2 out of 5(less)
**spoiler alert** Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had several things going against it to me -- for one, a May-December marriage really isn't my thing...more**spoiler alert** Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had several things going against it to me -- for one, a May-December marriage really isn't my thing. Being 19 years old and being forced to marry a man quite literally old enough to be your father *ahem* doesn't really scream "HEA" to me, but, to each their own.
The villain was a bit over-the-top, though he definitely kept things interesting.
The twist squicked me, and I admit, were it not for the epilogue, this story would've rated MUCH lower. I swear I was having flashbacks to Old Boy or something. *shudders*
While I grew to love the hero, I really didn't like him in the beginning. He physically and sexually assaulted the heroine to "discipline" her. Granted, she appeared quite spoiled and shrewish at the beginning, but honestly that's not excuse to force your tongue down her throat with the intention of cutting off her breathing, and then brutally shove your fingers into your virgin wife's vajayjay to teach her that you can do whatever you want and she's powerless to stop you so she might as well stop trying.
His behavior in the carriage after he untied her though, did make me think maybe he wasn't quite the asshat that he initially appeared to be, when he thought to himself something along the lines of how she reminded him of a young soldier, brave and reckless.
Looking at his behavior from the perspective of a commanding officer who'd spent a lifetime looking out for those under his command, you could begin to see that his behavior wasn't necessarily born out of a cruel nature, but rather a man used to nipping mutiny and stubbornness in the bud. Sure, he could have gone about it better, and I wouldn't have been so slow in warming to him, but even so, it was a gentle foreshadowing that he wouldn't necessarily be awful to her in the future.
Also, their first consensual sexual encounter seemed a bit... off... I can't quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it was how she went from being all like look-we-can't-stand-each-other-so-let's-dispense-with-this-silly-idea-of-consummating-the-marriage, and being all squicked that he manhandles her and shoves his tongue halfway down her throat, to being all c'm'ere-an-lemme-see-you-nekkid... On one hand, perhaps I should be thankful(?) that it wasn't like most other "forced marriage" stories where they hate each other and then the man gets her all hot and bothered (unwillingly of course *snorts*), but still, it just seemed too much of a turnaround. Nothing he'd done up to that point had aroused her.. In fact, as I mentioned before, he was temperamental and both physically and sexually assaulted her (though neither beating or raping her -- it was still assault), and she was quite put off by him.. And then all of a sudden he's all like "you're my wife, so c'm'ere" and she's all "well then you take your clothes off too cause by gawd I'm not going to be the only one naked" lol Paraphrasing of course!
Once they got their collective heads out of their arses though, things progressed nicely. He was still an asshat, and she was still a manipulative shrew, but they were well matched and often times it seemed that their bickering was more foreplay than cruelty.
I did like the cameo of Vivian and Piers, though I admit I didn't recognize them immediately (they sounded so familiar but it's been a long time since I read their story that I couldn't place them)
Overall, though, I'd say I enjoyed the read, and think it rates a solid 3 Stars (having lost points for the hero's early behavior, and the "twist")(less)