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 abiding...moreKind 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.
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Expected Release Date: July 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://nicolacornick.co.uk/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Scottish Brides Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Public (Forced) Nudity Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage, Enemies To Lovers
An almost silly premise — with the heroine having penned some rather scandalous notes for her brothers and his friends, and one such note having led to a certain Larid being left at the alter by his bride-to-be, and then said Laird sort of blackmailing her into marrying him in her stead — but still quite entertaining.
My biggest problem with the book was of course one of my biggest pet peeves ever – that of “forced nudity”, especially of the public variety. It was so unnecessary to the scene and did nothing but annoy me, which is a shame, because up until that point, the scene was actually quite well done.
Even so, despite the forced nudity, it was still an easy, enjoyable read, and recommended for fans of forced marriage, enemies to lovers, and surprisingly gentle heroes.
While there were a few loose ends that bothered me (but forgivable, since this is obviously part of a series/continuity), and there was something I fe...moreWhile there were a few loose ends that bothered me (but forgivable, since this is obviously part of a series/continuity), and there was something I felt was a bit misleading that I can't mention because it's a major spoiler (gah!), it was still a really enjoyable friends-to-lovers story.
Lighthearted and sweet, with just enough conflict to keep things interesting, a solid 4/5 Stars, with a full review to follow. (less)
I loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never even...moreI loved it right up towards the end. Without giving anything away, the whole dynamic of the book changed by one of the hero's actions, and never even apologized to the heroine for any of it. This ended the book on a very sour note for me, and as a result, it's only 3.5/5 Stars.
It was still a good story though, and a full review is to follow. (less)
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Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Hellions of Halstead Hall (Final Book) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
This was a perfect ending to a wonderful series, and I for one am sad to see it end.
As the final book in the series, I would not recommend this one to those who have not read previous novels, for several reasons. First, I think newcomers to the series might feel that Jackson and Celia give in to each other a little bit too soon in the book. However, fans of the series will quickly recognize that their strange courtship, dancing the fine line between animosity and attraction, has been played out over the course of four previous novels, and as such, it didn’t feel rushed to me at all. Second, there’s the mystery behind Celia’s parents’ death, which finally comes to a wonderful conclusion. No spoilers, of course, but I know I for one got great satisfaction of finally finding out the truth behind their deaths, and I think newcomers wouldn’t appreciate the mystery as much.
Overall, I adored it. Jackson and Celia are absolutely perfect for each other, but both have quite a few insecurities and a bit too much pride to let things progress smoothly. I have waited for this book ever since Celia and Jackson first stepped onto the pages together, and I will tell you, it was certainly worth the wait.
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Expected Release Date: September 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: luciannerivers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Caldwell Sisters Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Margo Caldwell has finally made detective in the Santa Fe Police Department. With her talent for Olympic-style weightlifting and her modern approach to personal relationships, her family may not understand her, but they love and support her. When her mother’s death forces her to take time away from her job, she’s stunned to learn that not only is her long-dead father actually alive, but that her mother’s will demands that she and her two sisters pick up the search for him, or lose part of their inheritance.
Traveling to the Virgin Islands in search of a man she’s never met, she meets the handsome Captain Adrian Prince. Unfortunately, when the sexy Captain Prince agrees to take Margo on his delivery route to remote islands near St. Thomas so that she can follow some leads on the missing Caldwell, it becomes apparent that his “supply deliveries” aren’t simple groceries. A grizzled and trigger-happy Zach Caldwell turns out to be in the illegal gun trade, and has both Margo and Adrian in his sights. Barely escaping with their lives, Margo must fall back on all of her experience as a police officer, but is she ready to turn her back on the unexpected passion and connection she found with Adrian?
Overall, despite the extremely rapid development of their relationship, I enjoyed this one. It was a fast read with plenty of danger and action, with a solid dose of yummy sensuality.
While I don’t really care for the speed of the relationship, the chemistry between Margo and Adrian was wonderful, and the novella length makes a great fast read.
Recommended for fans of exotic locations, tough modern heroines, and of finding your soulmate in the most unexpected of places. 3/5 Stars.(less)
Expected Release Date: July 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entan...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com
Expected Release Date: July 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: luciannerivers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Caldwell Sisters Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this one. There’s chemistry, passion, angst, danger, secrets, and betrayal, all wrapped up in a wonderfully fast read.
Harrison was delicious, and though Jane and I have very little in common, she was very easy to relate to. The love scenes were incredible, and the mystery, danger, and exotic setting all added a wonderful sense of excitement.
A very solid 4/5 Stars.
Bonus! Right now, HOLD ME is only $0.99 at Amazon.com!(less)
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Expected Release Date: November 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/ My Source for This Book: GalleyGrab Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Hellions of Halstead Hall Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy
For years, the notorious Lord Gabriel Sharpe has embraced his persona as The Angel of Death — a reputation earned following the tragic death of his best friend, a death caused by Gabriel himself. Now that his grandmother has issued an ultimatum, to marry before the year is out or else she will disinherit all of her grandchildren, Gabriel has chosen the woman who is to be his bride. Unable to see himself spending the rest of his life with one of the simpering debutantes constantly throwing themselves at him, he’s set his sights upon the one woman who hates him the most — the sister of the best friend whose death he caused.
Virginia Waverly has every reason to hate Gabriel. Not only did he bully her beloved brother into the dangerous carriage race that killed him, but he has built a reputation and fortune on that terrible event. The Angel of Death is the last person in the world she’d ever consent to marry. Wanting nothing more than to humiliate Gabriel in front of all of his cronies, she challenges him to he same race that ended her brother’s life. However, Virginia quickly learns that one should never bet against a man who feels he has nothing to lose, and that sometimes risking your heart is the most rewarding gamble of them all…
Despite the fact that newcomers to the series may not fully appreciate the mystery surrounding the death of Gabriel’s parents, I do think this one would work well as a standalone. As I have enjoyed the series in its entirety, I would of course suggest that readers pick up the previous three books, but I didn’t feel that they were required to appreciate this story on its own.
This was definitely one of my favorites of the series. Gabriel was a wonderfully tortured hero, and Virginia was stubborn without being obnoxious. I especially enjoyed Gabriel’s jealousy and unusual courtship, as well as Virginia’s struggle to balance her growing affection and attraction towards Gabriel with her grief and distaste of Gabriel’s involvement in her brother’s death.
I’m dying to read the next installment of the series, A Lady Never Surrenders, due out in January 2012.
Recommended for fans of deliciously tortured heroes, of stubborn yet vulnerable heroines, and of discovering that sometimes the last thing you ever wanted turns out to be exactly what you needed.
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Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://carrielofty.com/ My Source for This Book: Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Christies Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Lady Vivienne Bancroft is the bastard daughter of a French can-can dancer and a powerful tycoon. Growing up in squalor only to witness her mother's execution in a French prison, she was plucked from poverty by Sir William Christie -- her biological father -- who then adopted her under the guise of charity. Raising Vivienne up as though she were a legitimate daughter, he's as ruthless and exacting towards her as he is his other three children.
Upon his death, however, his will holds a shock for his four children -- they each must take a failing business and turn it around, else they forfeit their inheritance.
With her destination set as the colonies of South Africa and the diamond mines therein, Vivienne is dismayed to discover that Viscount Bancroft, her wastrel and estranged husband, has decided that he too shall have a piece of the action in South Africa.
Miles was humiliated and furious when Vivienne abandoned their marriage back in England, no matter that it was an arranged union designed to refill the Bancroft coffers while simultaneously bestowing a title on a member of the Christie family. Deciding to have his revenge, he is determined to seduce Vivienne and capture her heart, only to abandon her at her weakest moment.
However, once reunited, the estranged lovers soon discover that the all-consuming passion and chemistry that has sparked between them from the beginning is still very much alive, and that the challenge of South Africa and the diamond business.
I'll be honest. I went into this story expecting to find that it wasn't really to my tastes. Estranged marriages are really not a favorite of mine in general, especially when it's apparent that the heroine is madly in lust with her estranged husband.
This is a perfect example of why preconceived notions should never stop you from giving a book a chance -- this book was absolutely fantastic. Everything from the setting of colonial South Africa, to Vivienne's horrible childhood, to the details behind Miles and Vivienne's estrangement, were all woven together beautifully to create a rich, powerful love story.
The sensuality was exquisite, and the setting was a wonderful complement to the love story. Miles' transformation from the wastrel of Vivienne's memory was delightful to watch, and Vivienne finally coming to trust Miles with both her trust and the secrets of her past was absolutely perfect.
While there was a slight hiccup with the pacing at the final confrontation, in the end, this book will be firmly on my keeper shelf.
Recommended for fans of estranged marriages with both parties at fault, heroines who finally let go of deep-seated trust issues, and delicious sensuality, all set against the backdrop of the South African colonies of the Victorian era.
**spoiler alert** So after a long long time of having people tell me I HAD to read this book, I saw it was on sale on the Kindle and so I snagged it.
W...more**spoiler alert** So after a long long time of having people tell me I HAD to read this book, I saw it was on sale on the Kindle and so I snagged it.
What worked for me * Tortured hero with lots of scars, a physical disability (that I won't expound on because it's a part of the "twist"), and a really nasty attitude.
*A clumsy, outcast heroine. I loved that she was constantly running into stuff and tripping and falling on her bum :)
*Unrequited love and the angst that goes along with it *dreamy sigh*
*The "twist" about Rodrick's injury, as well as the twist about Leo.
What didn't work for me *The paranormal aspect. Seriously, that was awful. Either make it a "paranormal romance" and have the majority of the plot center around the paranormal aspects, or leave it off. Don't just have a couple things in the story vaguely refer to it and then have the entire resolution revolve around it. I'm not kidding when I say they could've left the Wild Hunt completely out of this story and you wouldn't have missed a danged thing. Blah.
*On the same note as the above point, the boot at the end. Dude never took it off? All I could think was "OMG that's got to be nasty to bathe with" or "does this mean the man never takes a bath??"
*Leo's speech was annoying. Yes, he was three, but the phonetic spelling of his lisp or whatever you want to call it annoyed the pie out of me.
*Harliss. She was so over-the-top that I almost expected her to tie someone up and leave them on a railroad track (despite the fact that the story is set before trains lol). And to top it off, knowing how awful she is, they sent her somewhere they knew there was not only a child but one that our heroine loved as a daughter?! Are you kidding me?!
*Michaela and Julianna become friends in the end?? REALLY?! I just don't see that happening.. She's a total c u next tuesday to Michaela for the whole book, steals the man Michaela is in love with, and then all of a sudden they are buddy buddy? No thank you.
But, even with all that, I say the pros definitely outweighed the cons, and I'm gonna go with a solid 4 Stars :)(less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.karenhawkins.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Rogues series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I first read this book in July of last year, and at that time, placed it firmly on my Keeper Shelf. I just re-read it, and I am happy to say that my feelings are unchanged. Even though it's not free of problems, it's still one of my favorite go-to stories when I feel like a re-read.
Despite the problems with this book, it's still a highly enjoyable, easy historical to read, and was exactly what I was in the mood for. 4.5/5 Stars, and I look forward to picking up the rest of the books in the series.(less)
What I liked: The premise - I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned "revenge plot" story. Throw in some angst f...moreI'm really torn on how to rate this book..
What I liked: The premise - I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned "revenge plot" story. Throw in some angst from the h/h's past, and a dash of physical impairment and you've got a happy Jess.
The writing style - this is my first Penny Jordan story, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed her style. You found yourself caring about even just the minor characters, and she really went out of her way to give you oodles of character development all around.
What I didn't like: The entire middle of the book. The book is split into four parts. The first part is present day and introduces you to both the hero and heroine, giving you a bit of their backstory and develops their relationship (and I use the term "relationship" loosely). The second part, however, goes back in time all the way to the heroine's childhood and pretty much gives you her life story for a quarter of the book. Then when it finally gets to part you'd recognize (when the hero and heroine first become aware of each others' existence), it jumps back in time again to tell you the hero's life story. Then finally it jumps back to present day picking up our heroine pretty much where we left her off many chapters ago.
So that's why I'm so torn. On one hand, the backgrounds Ms. Jordan wrote were well written, engaging, and interesting to read. However, it ruined the pacing of the book. I almost feel as though she could have left them out completely and simply had a shorter novel that didn't jump around in time. So I'm torn. Part of me wishes she had left it out completely, and another part realizes that it was important to the story and character development but doesn't have any idea where else it could have been included and made sense. Had she placed the characters' histories at the beginning, I doubt I would have finished the book because the pacing would have been dreadful.
So, I'm stuck giving it a lower rating than I would have otherwise. It was well written and interesting, with just the right amount of intrigue and sizzle, but the whole middle-section-flashback deal kind of killed it for me.