It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I tryThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try so hard to avoid spoilers, and yet, I want to either rant or rave about almost every tiny detail.
At times this book was so overwhelming with minute details, that it felt as though she were trying her hardest to give every single character that had ever appeared in the stories, if not an actual cameo, at least a mention. And yet, at other times, it felt as though important characters and events were glossed over with a quickness that left me re-reading a few pages thinking that I must have missed something, because I ended up not quite sure what exactly was going on.
In the end, however, there are two main factors that I feel I should focus this review on. First, the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and second, the overall progression of the series’ story arc.
On the first, I can say I was generally pleased. The pacing was perfect, with tons of angst and heartache on both sides, as well as plenty of chemistry. While the actual love scenes were mostly deliciously hot, there were a few quirks that left me a bit cold, and that’s coming from someone who’s typically a fan of male-male romance.
On the second, however, is where the book really shone. Old foes come back to the forefront, with surprising results, and the villains from last book begin to take unexpected paths in their quest to wipe out the Brotherhood and Wrath. In addition, we get quite a bit of history on the Shadows, Trez and iAm, as well as a very fascinating (and sexually charged) sub-plot with the dangerously sexy Assail.
Add to that an absolutely fabulous epilogue, and this book is definitely a keeper.
Newcomers to the series, however, should realize that this is not a series that can really be read out of order.. Books 1 – 5 are arguably interchangeable, and able to stand on their own, but I would personally suggest just going ahead and reading everything in order and saving yourself the massive headache of trying to sort things out.
This novella was so much fun. Stubborn heroine, a hero based on the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (guh), arranged marriage,This novella was so much fun. Stubborn heroine, a hero based on the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (guh), arranged marriage, a meddlesome mother-in-law...
I loved it.
I wasn't thrilled that the hero was such a manslut, but hey, it fit the character (and honestly, wasn't as bad as it first seemed).
I finished the last page with a smile on my face, which was enough to earn it a 4.5/5 ...more
I was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearI was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearing hero, TONS of heartache, a BIG misunderstanding (originating from before the start of the book) and a dash of heat. Which, apparently, I was. 4.5/5 Stars, full review to follow....more
Ahhh that was bloody fantastic! Very much worth the wait.
While there were a few things that bugged me (that I'm not going to mention since I don'tAhhh that was bloody fantastic! Very much worth the wait.
While there were a few things that bugged me (that I'm not going to mention since I don't want to spoil it just yet for those who can't resist reading reviews), I must say that overall this was one of the best stories in the series.
There was a nice little surprise at the end that had my jaw on the floor, and let me tell you, that doesn't happen often.
I'm very very anxiously awaiting Payne's story, though I know it'll be a long time coming (boo).
A word of warning though, do yourself a favor and read the series in order. While the earlier books (books 1-4 perhaps) are easy enough to read as standalones if you must, Lover Mine is definitely not for the uninitiated.
I will definitely be re-reading this one in the future.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher:This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://tonianderson.blogspot.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Dr. Cameran Young is the lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team sent to monitor fish migration patterns in relation to the building of a dam in the Labrador, Canada. Expecting difficulties with the locals as well as the challenges of the location and of maintaining her health despite a chronic medical condition, she immediately found herself out of her element when on her first day she discovered the victim of a grisly murder. Both dazzled and disgusted by the handsome — and promiscuous — helicopter pilot, Daniel, who comes to her rescue, she can’t help but be attracted to him. She knows his kind, however, and while he makes it more than obvious that he’s a charming rogue ready to bed-hop with anyone willing, Cameran’s own self respect requires that there be some sort of emotional connection between her and a lover.
Daniel is more than just a pretty face with a womanizing reputation, however. Once a valued member of Britain’s Special Air Service, when a mission went horribly wrong he willingly took the fall to protect his team from the fallout, and now relies on booze, fast women, and the thrill of flying to keep his fragile grip on his sanity.
But Daniel can’t seem to get past his fascination with the girl-next-door looks and sassy personality of Dr. Cameran, and when it becomes evident that she is at risk due to not only her job but also her connection to the murder investigation, his protective instincts come roaring to the surface. Knowing that he can no longer keep his distance, he will risk his heart, and his life, to keep her safe.
Cameran’s medical condition put her in a position of constantly being cosseted or seen as fragile, and she fights every single day to not only keep her condition under control but to fight stereotypes and misconceptions about it. A strong, intelligent woman, she also recognizes that while a fling with Daniel might break her heart, it might also be worth it just to experience a single moment in her life where she’s able to just enjoy herself without really thinking too hard about the consequences.
For Daniel, no-strings sex and alcohol have been his crutch after his fall from grace in the military. Suffering from a fairly strong case of PTSD, he doesn’t dare seek out a meaningful relationship because he really has nothing to offer. When he meets Cameran, however, he can’t help but be attracted to her, and when he learns of his disorder, long-dead protective instincts rise to the surface, until he will do anything to keep her safe.
The mystery behind the grisly murder of a young woman and the unknown killer who will not let Cameran stand in their way added a great deal of intensity to the story, and the twist at the end was masterfully done.
Overall, this was a fast-paced, exciting story with both large amounts of action and drama and a strong dose of sexy romance. Recommended for fans of tortured heroes, tough yet vulnerable heroines, and exciting suspense. 4.5/5 Stars ...more
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks) Publisher:This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks) Publisher: Mills & Boon Imprint: Modern Author’s Website: maiseyyates.com My Source for This Book: Won in a contest Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Ella is a talented fashion designer, determined to find success with her own line and small boutique. Though technically an “heiress” of a famous family, she relies only on her own talent and perseverance to make something of herself with her line. Unfortunately, fashion is a very expensive business, and she’s accumulated massive debt with her business. When her loans are purchased by Blaise Chevalier, a man well known for both his playboy lifestyle and his ruthless business acumen, she sees all of her dreams going down the drain.
However, Blaise has seen Ella’s potential, and knows that with the right connections, he can make them both incredibly rich off of her work. All she has to do is give up control of her precious company to a man whose reputation paints him as heartless.
Even knowing that it’s unwise to mix business and pleasure, both are unable to resist the attraction crackling between them, despite the fact they each know they have nothing to offer each other…
To be absolutely fair, I have to start off any review of a Maisey Yates book by saying this: I am a Maisey Yates fangirl. I have, thus far, absolutely adored everything that I have read by her, and was incredibly upset to learn that at the time of its publishing in the UK, there were no plans for a U.S. release, and that it was therefore unavailable to me. When I found out I’d won this book through a contest on the SEVEN SASSY SISTERS blog, my husband can attest to the fact that I quite literally squealed like a little schoolgirl and probably frightened my neighbors. Never fear, they’ve recovered, but my excitement about this book never faded.
Overall, I of course loved it. Two tortured people hiding their vulnerabilities behind a public mask of indifference, they were absolutely perfect for each other. Ella used her smaller, more visible burn scars to erect a sort of armor around her, flaunting them to satisfy the morbid curiosity of the masses. Blaise, on the other hand, fell into his role of heartless womanizer, ensuring that he’d never fall vulnerable to the traitorous and disasterous emotion of love. Together, however, neither could resist both the physical attraction between them, nor the lure of finding out just what was hiding behind each others’ masks.
The love scenes were tasty, but more than that, this book was romantic. The scene on the yacht with the rose just blew me away — I literally re-read it three times before moving on, because the incredible tenderness and respect that Blaise showed Ella completely decimated her resistance to him.
Recommended for fans of tortured heroes, stubborn and physically damaged (and therefore insecure) heroines, and of finding someone to love you in spite of all of your flaws.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: EntangledThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Blood Hunter series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
In the year 3048, Planet Earth has become inhabitable, and humans have joined with other space-faring species. For the very rich and elite, the Meridian treatment is a much sought-after way to ensure immortality. However, Meridian is incredibly rare and expensive, allowing only an elite few to afford the treatment. Worse than that, however, is the deadly nature of the mineral in its raw form -- exposure to unprocessed Meridian is a death sentence. Because of this, prisoners are often sentenced to serve in the Meridian mines, as escape is futile due to the simple fact that once exposed, death soon follows.
Vampire Ricardo Sanchez, one of Earth's original pirates, is now the pilot of the infamous space cruiser, El Cazador de la Sangre -- The Blood Hunter. A womanizer to the extreme, he unapologetically uses physical passion to keep his darker vampire nature at bay, and has earned the reputation of being the best mercenary available.
Skylar Rossaria is a woman on a mission. A well-trained soldier disguising herself as a bubble-brained bimbo, she hires Rico and his crew to do the impossible -- break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One -- a feat that has never before been attempted let alone succeeded. Trakis One is more than just a mere prison planet -- it's virtually impossible to approach let alone escape from. Positioned perilously close to a black hole, with an extremely inhospitable atmosphere, prisoners are kept in cryo-sleep. Despite her reputation, sleek build, and incredible firepower, even El Cazador has no chance of successfully approaching the planet. However, Rico isn't one to back down from a challenge, especially when presented by a beautiful woman. The riches promised as a reward are enough to entice the rest of the crew to agree, but Rico has his eye on something other than mere credits -- if they succeed, Skylar must allow Rico to taste her blood, something that will reveal all of her secrets (as well as her true identity) to him.
With no choice but to agree to Rico's conditions, Skylar and the crew of El Cazador plan the most daring prison break in known history.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with this book. While it was available on Netgalley, I couldn't resist supporting the newly established Entangled Publishing by purchasing it through Amazon. As of the writing of this review, Break Out is only $0.99 for Kindle, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of vampires and futuristic space adventure. While this is obviously the start of a series, it also felt complete despite the fact that the ending leaves a perfect setup for the next book in the series, Deadly Pursuit, due out in January of next year.
I must admit that this is the first Nina Croft story I've written, but that I will be cheerfully stalking this series, and as such dear readers, you should prepare yourself for quite a bit of fangirling from my general direction closer to the release of the sequel.
Recommended for fans of slutty ancient vampires who finally meet their match, secret identities and double-crossing, and thrilling space adventures. A very cheerful 5/5 Stars.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlequiThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.anne-stuart.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, House of Rohan Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I should probably preface this with a disclaimer: I adore Anne Stuart. She has the incredibly tendency to write the most delicious heroes, and this book was no exception.
Having an absolutely horrible history with love, Viscount Benedick Rohan comes to London with two main goals — to find a wife that he can impregnate and then promptly forget, and to find some willing women and participate in the debauchery and lechery that he knows a noble wife would be horrified by.
Upon his return, he discovers that his favored brothel has closed, and is given the new address of a former mistress by his brother, Brandon, who had been grievously wounded in the war and who has changed for the worse since Benedick last saw him.
Lady Melisande Carlisle, a wealthy widow also known as “Charity” for her crusade to reform soiled doves and find them more respectable work as housemaids and dress-makers. However, not all fallen women prefer a life of drudgery to a life on their backs, and she’s soon chasing after one of her wards who has made off to the notorious Viscount Rohan’s residence. Bursting into his home to discover her charge on her knees ready to service Rohan, she tells her in no uncertain terms that she can either return to the house, or continue her current actions, but cannot have both. Distraught, the girl returns to Melisande’s safehouse, but in the meantime, Benedick mistakes Melisande for a madam, and propositions her. Flustered and outraged, she flees, yet cannot get the wicked Rohan out of her mind — nor the fact that Violet insists that she enjoys acts that Melisande considers to be uncomfortable at best and horrifically degrading at worse.
Confused and more than a little aroused, Melisande vows to avoid Benedick, but he is unable to forget her as well, and makes it his mission to annoy her as revenge for his unwanted attraction.
When Melisande approaches him in a frenzy because it’s come to her attention that the wicked Heavenly Host — a secret society of bored and licentious nobles intent on gorging themselves on all sorts of sexual depravity — has not only been reestablished but also has graduated from consensual acts to those of violence and rape, Benedick is reluctantly drawn into an investigation to find a missing girl, as well as possibly protect his own brother, Brandon, whose behavior of late has been secretive and possibly dangerous.
Despite the unquestionable attraction between them, Melisande and Benedick continue to dance around each other, engaging in a game of advance and retreat, until the incredible tension between them must explode. However, neither is prepared for the forbidden feelings that arise from their encounters, and their reckless actions as a result may very well lead to their mutual downfall.
Ms. Stuart has such an incredible talent for creating tortured heroes with a tendency towards cruelty but who are irresistible anyway. Benedick is a perfect example, though I admit that even when he was cruel, he was much sweeter than some of Ms. Stuart’s previous heroes. In many of her stories, when her heroes are cruel or negligent towards the heroine, it’s because they truly have a measure of indifference towards the heroine. In contrast, Benedick is merely protecting himself because he knows very well that there is no way he can survive if he loses yet another woman he loves, and as such, is determined to both drive Melisande away to protect himself and also to satisfy his own possessiveness by destroying her self-esteem to the point that she will never again engage in an affair with anyone else. He recognizes his own cruelty and yet is helpless to stop himself, even as he drowns in self-loathing for his own actions.
I loved getting updates on Benedick’s sister Miranda from the previous novel, Reckless, (good Lord, six children? Really??), as well as the part she and her husband played in the resolution. There was also a very intriguing secondary romance, and while that romance was never fully resolved, it was incredibly well done (and dare I hope that it will be the subject of, or at least fullfilled in, a forthcoming novel?)
While Benedick was not as truly hardened as many Anne Stuart heroes, he was still deliciously tortured and wonderfully malicious at the most inopportune time, and Melisande’s newly found confidence is completely shattered in the wake of his cruelty.
Overall, I of course adored it. I admit, Ms. Stuart is one of the few authors on my “auto-buy” list, and very rarely disappoints me, so it’s almost a bit of a gimme to receive a favorable rating. Fans of Ms. Stuart will rejoice in Benedick’s cruelty, but will likely also recognize that he’s a bit softer at heart than many of her other heroes.
The epilogue was wonderful as well, though I admit, I was so sad when it ended, because I really wanted to see what would’ve happened next. As it is, I can only hope that Melisande and Benedick will in some way be featured in the next installment of the House of Rohan, and will have to satisfy myself by simply rereading this book until the next one is published.
Recommended for fans of tortured heroes resisting their destiny, of passionate heroines convinced of their frigidity, and wicked villains whose depravity knows no bounds.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarlequThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Special Edition Author’s Website: http://www.mindyklasky.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
The head of a prestigious company specializing in genetic testing and treatments, Ethan has never wanted children. A dark secret from his past makes him fear for any children that he may have, and as such he’s never allowed himself to pursue any serious relationships. Instead, he plays up his playboy image, much to the disappointment and consternation of the grandmother who has raised him.
Fed up with his scandalous ways, his grandmother Margaret decides to hand him an ultimatum — marry by her 80th birthday, only months away, or she will donate her controlling shares of the company that Ethan has dedicated his life to seeing thrive to a charity that will bog down the Board of Directors until the company undoubtedly fails.
Thinking over his past, he realizes that there’s only been one woman with whom he has any hope of making things work — Sloane, a beautiful woman with whom he had a one night stand with a few months prior.
Upon tracking her down, he realizes that not only was Sloane fired from her previous position due to her dalliance with him, but that she’s also carrying his baby!
Despite the fact that Sloane seemed a bit too good to be true, I admit that I loved this one. I think I’d forgotten just how enjoyable a good Harlequin Category Romance could be, with its melodrama and angst, but this book was exactly what I needed right now. I loved that Ethan’s playboy ways were a way to rebel against his controlling Grandmother, and the fact that he fell for Sloane for much more than just a way to thumb his nose at Margaret’s ultimatum by choosing an “ironic” bride.
The simple fact that the couple restrained themselves from physical intimacy for most of the book really allowed me as a reader to feel their love and affection growing out of something other than just basic lust and sexual compatibility, and that was a lovely change of pace. The angst resulting from the revelation of Margaret’s ultimatum was absolutely delicious, and Ethan’s groveling and desperation afterwards made me fall in love with him all over again.
Recommended for fans of heroes being blackmailed into marriage, heroines who are determined to do what is best for their baby no matter what the cost, and heroes who grovel beautifully, all smothered with delicious sexual tension.
**spoiler alert** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge**spoiler alert** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge that I've come to adore from Anne Stuart. It was, however, a lot more.... hopeful I guess you could say, than her more recent novels. In her more recent works, you're really not certain if our main male character is a villain or a hero until the end. In fact, in Ritual Sins (the last Anne Stuart book I read), I really couldn't even see how she could possibly finagle a HEA into the story line.
Michael, the hero of Now You See Him, is much more in touch with his feelings (but not in a smushy, metrosexual way or anything -- he's still all alpha male!). He knows exactly when he's fallen in love with Francey, and even though he won't allow himself to be with her, he's honest with himself, and even with her (as much as he can be). Every time he walks out of her life, I just wanted to shake him because it was just so bloody obvious he was never going to get over her.
But, that's part of the fun of Anne Stuart -- lots of teeth gnashing and rending of clothing due to overwhelming angst ;)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.annacampbell.info/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Hot
The Marquess of Renelaw has never forgiven Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister twenty years ago, and yet his plans for revenge never came to fruition because of Demarest's elevated position in society. The time has come, however, to take his revenge on Demarest's beautiful daughter -- now that she's out in society, he plans to ruin her so that Godfrey will understand what it's like to see someone you love ruined beyond repair while being powerless to help them.
Antionia once had hopes for a wonderful life. She was beautiful, rich, and titled, and seemed to have the future in the palm of her hand. That is, until she was deceived by a handsome poet and well and truly ruined. Cast out from her family in disgrace, she was taken in by her cousin, Godfrey Demarest, to be the companion of his daughter, Cassie. So as not to risk being recognized, Antonia hides her beauty behind ugly, shapeless dresses, dark glasses, and some hideous spinster caps, and is so viciously protective of Cassie's reputation that's she's become known as the Dragon.
I'll be honest, I think this is my favorite historical novel that I've read this year, and that includes several that I'd been anticipating for several months. While it's not completely without problems, the characters were multifaceted, the emotions felt real, and the romance was incredibly satisfying. A very enthusiastic 5/5 Stars...more
What worked for me: *The worldbuilding is simply breathtaking; it's so beautifully descriptive without making the story feel bogged down. There's a certain earthiness to her writing that engages all of your senses while reading. *The sensuality was amazing. It was incredibly sensual, sexy, and erotic, without being vulgar. At one point in reading, I thought to myself that this novel is the high-priced courtesan to the common street prostitutes that so many other erotic novels seem to be these days.
What didn't work for me: *I admit that I occasionally got confused on the character names. There were, I think, slightly too many characters to keep things flowing properly in my mind. I have a feeling, however, that this was more a failing on my end than on the author's. *I think, if anything, it was almost too rich. Rather like eating a decadent piece of gourmet chocolate, the incredible earthiness and richness of the writing was better savored in small doses, and as such it took me much longer to finish this book than it normally does for this length of novel.
Overall, however, the writing was amazing, the characters drew me in, and I am left breathlessly awaiting the next installment to the series. This is my first Charlotte Featherstone novel, but it absolutely will not be my last. 4.5 Stars...more
This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a gThis was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that!
One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable underneath everything. From Arlik's obsession with Cinnabons and bagels to Calleigh's tendency to oggle his behind, this book had me grinning the whole time, even through the angst.
I'm not sure if this is marketed as a YA or Adult novel, but it definitely had a YA feel to it. For once though, that's not a bad thing :) I was in the mood for an easy, lighthearted read after some of the heavier stories I've picked up lately, and this novel fit the bill perfectly.
Even better? At less than $4 for the Kindle edition, you really can't beat the price :)
4 1/2 (minus the 1/2 because dangit I wanted Calleigh to get some lol)...more
How. In the heck. Did I miss this book back when I was reading the Ice series for the first time?! They must've been out of it when I bought them*guh*
How. In the heck. Did I miss this book back when I was reading the Ice series for the first time?! They must've been out of it when I bought them or something, because I know I would've picked it up if they'd had it.
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.
Yes, our hero was the epitome of an Anne Stuart Hero -- jaded, cold, harsh, doing whatever needs to be done, and of course, using his sexuality as a weapon.
But how much did I love Peter anyway? *dreamy sigh* Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, I wanted to throttle the man for a good 75% of the book, but that's half the fun of reading an AS book is the redemption of the arsehole hero ;) There's just something yummy about a man who actually honest-to-goodness considers killing the heroine but just can't quite bring himself to do so despite all the good arguments for doing so...
I was rather fond of Genevieve as well -- she was feisty (and a size 8/10 lol that bit made me happy as well), mouthy, and a romantic at heart.
Being part of a series, it does help if you read the first book in the series before you pick this one up, but I don't really think you'll be lost if you don't -- it's been a long while since I read the first one and I didn't feel as though I was at a disadvantage because of it.
Some readers may find a slight objection to Peter due to some of his past sexual behavior.. As I mentioned, he does whatever is necessary, using sexuality as a weapon, and therefore has done some very unsavory things in his past -- including seducing men and women alike for the sake of a mission -- even doing so before killing said man or woman, if necessary..
So, while there's nothing explicit outside of the smexin between the hero and heroine, some folks might be a bit squicked. Even so, I would still recommend this book because having someone who has, for their whole life, treated sex as just a physical response and something that can be used to better manipulate his targets, and then watching as they begin to discover a sexual relationship that means so much more than any of the relationships in the past... *dreamy sigh* Hot 'n' Tasty.
Solid 5 Stars, but heck, it's Anne Stuart so we kinda knew that going into it :D...more
Good Lord I thought they'd never admit they loved each other lol
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sebastian totally reminded me of a Loretta Chase heroGood Lord I thought they'd never admit they loved each other lol
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sebastian totally reminded me of a Loretta Chase hero -- you know the type -- Fights falling in love but really is completely besotted with the heroine pretty much from the start? *contented sigh* Lovely :)
I was surprised by the ending, though I admit the transition from the last chapter into the epilogue had me blinking to see if I'd missed something since it was so abrupt..
This book has some of my favorite romance staples. First, we have an emotionally abused, spinster heroine, who has been told all her life that she's plain but with a little confidence (and some new dresses lol), quickly discovers that while she'll never be a ravishing beauty, she's quite lovely. Then we've got a notoriously hedonistic rake, who due to an abusive childhood, avoids marriage like the plague. In addition, our hero and heroine were friends before they became lovers, which is another concept that I typically enjoy in my romances, because it's always fun to see a man completely befuddled when he starts to notice that there's more to his female friend than he'd once assumed.
Both characters do play an important part in Book One of the series, so I would suggest reading them in order, though it's certainly not necessary.
I simply cannot wait for Book Three to come out (due out in December 2010) as it is to be Daniel and Anna's story :)