I think we all love the brothers best friend trope. This is one that I always run to pick up because there’s that long hidden crush that needs to bur
I think we all love the brothers best friend trope. This is one that I always run to pick up because there’s that long hidden crush that needs to burst out in the open and I gobble that up by the buckets. That is the center romantic trope of A TOUCH OF PASSION. And that part I really enjoyed! There is a great backstory to this couple, their friendship was a beautiful backdrop for their romance.
I haven’t read the rest of the series, however I felt this worked well as a standalone. Portia is sort of the rebel sister. Another thing on my list of favorites. She’s independent, she’s strong and she won’t be forced into a marriage just because that’s what society dictates she should do. She wants love, the kind of passionate love her parents have, and to live life to the fullest. I can say I was immediately taken with her character.
Grayson, her brothers’ best friend, has sworn to protect her. After they went off to war, and many didn’t come back, he’s dealt with a lot of guilt and grief. He’s that damaged hero that thinks everyone he loves he loses. And he’s barricaded his heart against caring for anyone. He wants a wife that will be the perfect example of a good wife to society, one that doesn’t argue with him, doesn’t challenge him, and that he has no risk of falling in love with. But he’s wanted Portia forever and she may prove a bigger temptation than he can fight against.
Their romance was great and they had excellent chemistry. I think some parts of the plot itself I would’ve preferred to see different, but I still enjoyed it. I do find that the dragging of Grayson’s issues with love was a little too long and that started hindering my enjoyment a bit. The hero has to give an inch here and there too, or I will start to think that the heroine might just be better off finding love elsewhere!
As much as I really enjoyed the story, I think at times it felt flat and lost some steam. I was easily distracted from reading it instead of completely invested in the outcome. And that’s really the only reason my rating isn’t higher. This was an enjoyable read and I’ll probably pick up other books by Ms. Evans in the future!
The Castles Ever After is turning into a favorite historical romance series of mine. There’s something about the style that is fun and sexy,
The Castles Ever After is turning into a favorite historical romance series of mine. There’s something about the style that is fun and sexy, the characters are always memorable and there is never a dull moment. SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS was very much like that. As much as I loved the first one, this comes in as a close second for awesoness!
Clio Whitmore has been engaged to Piers Brandon for years. Too many years to count. And has become the joke of society by waiting until her diplomat fiance decides to come back to town and marry her. Now that she’s inherited a castle, she’s decided to Wait-No-More and end her engagement. But with Piers not being there, she’s resorted to drafting the document to end the engagement and ask his brother Rafe to sign for him, as head of their household. Rafe, who has always rejected everything about society and his position in it, can’t do that to his brother and forces her to continue with her wedding plans. Even if he’s been in love with her since they were kids.
*Sigh* Is there really anything better to read than the story of a couple who have been the best friends since childhood? I LOVE those! And Clio and Rafe were honestly one of the best I’ve read in a long time. They are both less than the perfect examples of good members of society. Which makes them so much fun to read about. Their chemistry is undeniable, making you want to turn those pages as fast as you can to devour everything that’s happening.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on Tessa Dare’s unique style, and get lost in the ride she makes sure to take you on. This story was so much fun, packed with passion, a hot alpha male and a strong-willed heroine. Couldn’t ask for more perfection than this and I’m already eagerly anticipating the next installment of this series. Now if we can only get Tessa Dare to write faster!
Just imagine teasing her in bed. No, you idiot. Don’t. Don’t imagine it. But as usual, his thoughts were three paces ahead of his judgment. The image erupted in his mind’s eye, as unbidden as it was vivid. Clio, breathless. Naked. Under him. Stripped of all her good manners and inhibitions. Begging him to learn her every secret shade of pink.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than to read a classic. You know that feeling of comfort that I rarely find in new books, not sure why. Maybe it’s t
Sometimes there’s nothing better than to read a classic. You know that feeling of comfort that I rarely find in new books, not sure why. Maybe it’s the style, or the way that back then authors had to make you feel with simple words, instead of trying to shock you into it. I picked up A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR on a whim, after I saw a top ten list somewhere on a blog. Had I heard of the book before? Yes. Did I feel the immediate need to read it? No, not really. Did it help that it has a new sexy cover? Absolutely. So I dived in. And immediately fell in love.
“Once upon a time… …as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress….”
Oh what a beautiful story this is. Entertaining and sweet. With a hero that will make you swoon because he’s like the best of two worlds, and a heroine that you want to reach out and feel for her predicament. Dougless thought she would get engaged to her asshole boyfriend, and instead he leaves her stranded in England. While drowning in self pity and tears, Nicholas comes to her as her knight in shining armor. All the way from the past. What follows is the most adorable tale of Nicholas discovering love, learning about the new world and how far things have come from his times, and trying to solve a conspiracy that could save his life (in his times).
This book has several instances of time travel, some gushy romantic times, a great heroine and an absolutely drool-worthy hero. Take note authors, Nicholas is what we all want to read when we envision a romance story to get lost in. I lived in this story. I was worried for the characters, I couldn’t wait to see them be happy. And that brings me to end, and where my tears were shed.
The ending may not be everyone’s favorite. I guess it depends on readers preference if you like how the author made it work for them. I for one, loved it. My heart ached, but I still loved it. This book moved me to tears, of sadness and of joy. And it left me with a very content smile on my face. I will definitely be re-reading this one!
“Were I to die tomorrow, my soul would remember you.”...more
Vicky Dreiling combines again a reality TV competition theme with a historical romance. And again I love it! WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES was the per
Vicky Dreiling combines again a reality TV competition theme with a historical romance. And again I love it! WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES was the perfect blend of fun that I like to read in my historical romances. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and manages to keep me interested in the story the whole time.
We have Harry Norcliffe, who doesn’t want his uncle’s title. He’s a simple guy and not too concerned with the dreadful commitments of the ton. His mother has other plans for him and decides to do her best to find him a good bride. I absolutely adored him! He’s the type of guy you want to sit and banter with, and from his first meeting with Lucy it’s always been easy to see their perfect chemistry.
Lucy is not what his mother would say his bride needs to be. She works a few jobs to keep a roof over her family, taking care of her grandmother. All while trying to reach her dream and being a dance teacher.
And here’s where the reality TV aspect comes into play. There will be a dance competition! Think a type of Dancing with the Stars. The ton is all buzzing with which couples will compete and who will make it until the end. And they are seeking guidance and instruction. Which is where Lucy comes in.
Dance teacher, maid, waitress. But with a secret. I love the story of the girl that is down on her luck and finds that one man that will do anything to rescue her. And that’s exactly what Harry does even before her past comes out.
This is still one of my favorite historical romance series because I always know what I’ll get, and that is a lot of sizzling chemistry wrapped in an enthralling story. Always satisfying. It hasn’t disappointed me yet and I wait with anticipation for every installment.
Light hearted and entertaining from beginning to end. This is the story of Lord Amberstall, whom I wasn’t a big fan of in the previous book. If you r
Light hearted and entertaining from beginning to end. This is the story of Lord Amberstall, whom I wasn’t a big fan of in the previous book. If you remember him from pursuing Lilly and the disaster at the horse exhibition, I wasn’t too thrilled with the fact he was getting his HEA. But trusting the author completely I went in without any reservations.
And what a fun book this was! Andy is so sweet underneath that exterior. And caring. I love that side of him just as much as I loved the teasing one. He left for Scotland after the embarrassment with the Mad Duke and is now forced to go back home after his mother tells him of trouble with his neighbor back home. Except the trouble might be a bit more serious than he thought when he finds himself being chased by shady characters while coming back home. And he ends up crashing with his horse right onto Katie Moore’s property.
And as much as I loved Andrew, I completely loved Katie. And earl daughter who wears breeches, walks with a stick, and lives alone in a cottage on the edge of her father’s property. She doesn’t know much about propriety or the rules of the ton. She does what feels right and says what comes to mind. And is used to things going her way. She even offers her help to the annoying Lord Amberstall and helps him heal his horse so he can safely travel back home.
Their romance develops first as two strangers helping each other, who quickly become friends. They are so compatible that it was just bound to happen. Katie with her free ways is exactly what Andrew wants deep down but has been tied down with responsibilities his whole life that he couldn’t see that.
Surprisingly, Elizabeth Michels has become one of my go to authors for a fun and sweet historical romance! I love her stories because they are not cookie cutter, and they’re always so much fun to read. It’s like embarking on an unexpected adventure. And HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS was just that, a fun adventure.
In MUST LOVE DUKES we met Sue and Holden, both friends of our hero and heroine from that book. And as the romance unfolded in that book, I could tell
In MUST LOVE DUKES we met Sue and Holden, both friends of our hero and heroine from that book. And as the romance unfolded in that book, I could tell there was a behind the scenes story between Sue and Holden. Needless to say, my curiosity was peaked and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUZANNA starts up by going back and giving us the story that we couldn’t see. And what a fun ride it was! From the moment Holden first meets “Suzanna”, to the first meeting as Sue and every moment from there on out.
What can I say? I loved the characters as well as the story. The interactions between Holden and Sue were just perfect. The right amount of smexy, a chemistry that drew me in, and my favorite type of MCs. A smart and feisty heroine, a hero that knows he’s all that but he’s just a smidgen of cocky about it. And determined to get what he wants! This all made for an awesome and sweet read.
This series is just the perfect feel good historical romance. I was completely surprised when I loved the first book that much, but this one blew me away again. So much so that once I started it (late at night) I really didn’t want to put it down until I had read the last word (around 3am). DESPERATELY SEEKING SUZANNA is definitely worthy of a sleepless night!
What a wonderful surprise this book was! I picked this up with no expectations just because I was in the mood for a cute and sweet historica4.5 stars
What a wonderful surprise this book was! I picked this up with no expectations just because I was in the mood for a cute and sweet historical romance. Sometimes that’s the best mindset going into a story. But I fell completely in love with this story from the very beginning!
Starts out a bit unconventional, with a woman chasing a man down a darkened alley. The Mad Duke, as they call him, was looking to go drown his sorrows in a dive bar where he wouldn’t be recognized. And he happened to be chased by a lady. Conversation was light and fun, the anonymity of the situation adding to the appeal and the chemistry. Until the mysterious lady disappears the next morning, taking with her the Duke’s pocket watch.
I loved Lily. She’s a bit young and a bit reckless. But she just doesn’t want to be confined to the life her brothers have aligned for her. Even after losing her parents, she still has hopes to live a happy life. Even if that may not include a man in the end. She’s the perfect match for the Mad Duke, who has never been a fan of society and swore he would never marry.
Devon is my favorite type of hero. A bit grumpy, very intelligent, with a great sense of humor and mischief. Him and Lily are just the perfect match! It was a delight to read about their adventures.
This book had me laughing and crying. I loved Elizabeth Michels voice and I am looking forward to reading more in this series, which I think will become a favorite of mine!
The perfect time to pick up a book by Vicky Dreiling is when you want to read something sweet that will leave you wanting to time travel into another
The perfect time to pick up a book by Vicky Dreiling is when you want to read something sweet that will leave you wanting to time travel into another century. WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS was entertaining, in typical Vicky Dreiling fashion.
Another one in her collection of rakes, Colin is not looking to settle down yet. But when his father calls him back home with the news that he will sell his childhood home (and his mother’s burial ground) unless Colin decides to marry a respectable lady, his plans quickly change. His attachment to the house and his only memory of his deceased mother prove to be a stronger force than the thought of not running around London chasing women.
I love stories of “enemies” to lovers and this is a perfect example of that. Sassy and fun. Colin and Angeline have known each other since childhood. They were neighbors growing up and the same age. Their families always thought they should grow up to marry. Except they were always at each other’s throats. Always with a quick remark. Seemed like the most unlikely couple.
But Lady Angeline has a broken engagement behind her now and have changed her views of society and Colin is desperate to keep his family home. While they help each other, the bond of friendship grows and the issues they’ve had are slowly put aside.
Her heroines are always fun and a bit daring and her heroes are always the dashing rakes we want to swoon for. WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS was exactly that all wrapped up in a fun packaging that just got me lost in its pages. Can’t wait for the next Scoundrel to fall.
Tessa Dare does it again! Here’s a series I’ll be hooked on for as long as she wants to write it. What an unconventional hero and how I love him! I a
Tessa Dare does it again! Here’s a series I’ll be hooked on for as long as she wants to write it. What an unconventional hero and how I love him! I am always a fan of a hero with a disability and scarred, and in this case, Ransom is partially (or mostly) blind. He’s a Duke but he’s had a rough go in the past year. Getting hurt in a fight, being scarred and losing his sight. As well as losing his fiance to another man. He’s been hiding in Gostley Castle ever since.
That is until Izzy Goodnight strolls in. She’s down on her luck herself, with no where to go after her father died. Her last hope is meeting a mysterious man who sent her a letter about an inheritance she may have. Which turns out to be the Castle itself. Izzy’s godfather (or better described as her father’s friend whom she met once) has left her Gostley Castle. But there’s a surly Duke in it who believes his property wouldn’t have been sold without his consent. And so Izzy becomes Ransom’s secretary and helps him go through months of mail to figure out if indeed the property was sold to her godfather, rendering it hers.
I loved every single thing about this story. It’s a fairy tale style story that you can’t help but get wrapped up in and just brings a smile to your face. Izzy has been forced by life to slowly give up her belief in happily ever afters, and that her prince charming won’t come and swoop her off her feet. She’s become more practical. Forced to live a lie to make her father’s followers happy. But she’s still the kind of woman that sees the glass half full and finds the good in everything.
Ransom I just loved. He’s moody and grumpy, but he’s caring from the beginning. Even after life beat him down, he’s still got good in him even though he tries to muddy it. I really enjoyed Izzy and Ransom together. They have great chemistry and they were perfect to help each other out. They are both misfits in a way and they brought out the best in each other out.
You can expect to smile and even laugh out loud with this story. This is the perfect blend of historical romance and fairy tales with characters full of life and emotion. You won’t be able to stop reading until you’ve finished!
There’s something comforting about cracking open a Courtney Milan book. Every time. Maybe it’s that sense of expect the unexpected. THE SUFF4.5 stars
There’s something comforting about cracking open a Courtney Milan book. Every time. Maybe it’s that sense of expect the unexpected. THE SUFFRAGETTE SCANDAL is again, an unconventional historical romance. And for all the unconventional it bring, it’s such a fun read.
This is the story of Edward Clark (or is he?) and Free Marshall. Edward had to take on that name after his family’s betrayal. He lost his chance at the inheriting the family title and position, and suffered unimaginable tortures. He is now a changed man. No longer the norm with the aristocracy. He could never go back to being and thinking that way after what he’s seen and endured. What he’s had to do. But he is not all bad.
When he realizes his brother is out to ruin Free Marshall and her newspaper, because of her revolutionary ways and thoughts, he sets himself to help her in the battle to their common enemy. What he wasn’t expecting was how much he came to care for her.
Courtney Milan has a knack for writing smart and daring heroines. I think the adventures and troubles they get into are always fun and interesting. And may leave you hanging a bit on whether they’ll come out ok on the other side or not. This book was no different. It had my attention from the very beginning and through all their adventures.
And I loved our main couple. Their chemistry was amazing. And I loved how he was never to be trusted. But in the end, he’s one of the most honorable men around. Edward Clarke will probably steal your heart as well.
I can’t wait for the next time I can dive into a Courtney Milan story. I anxiously await them every time.
“I married her to unleash her on the world, not to keep her under wraps.”
VAUGHN is the much anticipated story of Elizabeth. The bit of a rebel sister at the Circle Eight. And what opening it was when she finds a naked man
VAUGHN is the much anticipated story of Elizabeth. The bit of a rebel sister at the Circle Eight. And what opening it was when she finds a naked man on her doorstep while everyone is away from home!
Vaughn is on the run from some bad guys that he sort of took some money from. He’s a con artist, but with a heart. And Elizabeth basically saves his life. Then puts her life even more in danger when his troubles catch up to him.
I always love to see a strong heroine and Ms. Lang can always deliver a great one! Always ahead of her times and unapologetic for taking control of their lives and actions, Elizabeth is no different than that. She goes for what she wants and makes her own decisions.
Vaughn on the other hand I was a bit concerned about. Yeah, the con artist thing. But as we find out more about him I realized the whys he did what he did and that there was really never any bad intentions. He just had to survive.
I thought they were great together, they had just the right amount of chemistry and they would butt heads just enough to make this a very believable relationship, even with the setup they had. One thing I do have to mention was the “smell” references. I could’ve done without a few of those. Although in this case, they were written in a cute way.
The rest of the story was entertaining enough, although I did miss the rest of the family a bit. I was happy to see Benji and I can’t wait to read more about him in future books. I loved the twist at the end which hopefully sets up that brother’s story.
You know what I need to realize? That when I read a Courtney Milan book I should expect the unexpected! This little novella took me on a ride and mad
You know what I need to realize? That when I read a Courtney Milan book I should expect the unexpected! This little novella took me on a ride and made me feel all sorts of different things. I liked and disliked the characters at times and never saw the twists coming! I loved every second of it!
Simon Davenant has been in love with Ginny since they were kids. They had a teenage romance and, because of her lesser position in society and her lack of money, his father didn’t think it would be a good match for them to marry and did everything he could so he succeeded in separating them.
When Simon thought to come back for Ginny it was only to find out she had married another man and wouldn’t take him if he didn’t have his title and his money. Now that she’s widowed, he’s come back for her to fulfill of a promise he made her on their last parting. That he would come back for her, make her fall in love with him, and then stomp on her heart.
Aren’t you already fascinated when the story is starting out like this? But that’s how Milan always keeps you on your toes. Things are not what they seem in so many levels and the twists in such a short 70 page novella are great.
THE LADY ALWAYS WINS is witty, funny, sexy and emotional. I connected with her characters from the very first page. Quick but very satisfying read! I would highly recommend it.
Tessa Dare blows me away every time. She’s one of my favorite historical romance authors and, as I’ve said before, one of those few talented authors
Tessa Dare blows me away every time. She’s one of my favorite historical romance authors and, as I’ve said before, one of those few talented authors that can rock a novella. BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH is the second Spindle Cove novella I’ve read and it’s for sure another winner. A winner from page 1 until I finished devouring it.
There’s just something sexy about a man who works with his hands and Aaron Dawes, Spindle Cove’s blacksmith, is sexy at his best. All bulging muscles and rugged with a few secrets. Miss Diana Highwood is the moth attracted to that light. She’s a society lady, elegant, and according to her mother, she should be looking to marry a wealthy man with a title. But she can’t keep herself from lusting after the blacksmith to the point she breaks her own jewelry just to take it to him to fix….repeatedly.
As usual I love her characters and I love Spindle Cove, full of the gossiping old women and there’s always some intrigue going on which in the end can provide for some comic relief as well.
Their attraction had obviously been building for a while and we are thrown in right about when their sparks couldn’t be contained anymore. This novella was as sweet and funny as it was sexy! Classic Dare.
Anything Tessa Dare writes goes immediately on my Keeper shelf. She completely transports me to her worlds, makes me live her stories and leaves me sighing when I turn that last page.
At times when historical romances seem to blend together, PROOF OF SEDUCTION stands out from the crowd. Why, you may ask? The heroine of this story i
At times when historical romances seem to blend together, PROOF OF SEDUCTION stands out from the crowd. Why, you may ask? The heroine of this story is a fortune teller.
Jenny has had no other choice but to “pretend” to be a fortune teller to survive. She does a good job at it for a while until Gareth, the Marquess of Blakely, comes to “Madame Esmeralda” to, according to him, save his cousin from her evil clutches. See, his younger cousin is somewhat gullible and easily influenced. Gareth of course thinks he’s doing the right thing.
Gareth is a scientist, he likes to know how things work and why. He doesn’t believe in much and is a bit of a realist. And the real thing is he falls in lust with Madame Esmeralda and wants her for himself.
To keep his cousin somewhat happy, Gareth goes along with Madame Esmeralda’s prediction of when he will meet his one true love. In the meantime, Gareth and Jenny have a torrid affair.
PROOF OF SEDUCTION was well…seductive. Jenny is no virgin wilting flower. She’s a real woman. With cares about her honor, but also with a lot of heart. And she follows her heart for most of this book.
Gareth on the other side may not be my favorite hero for as stern and unmoving he was at times, but he has a big soft spot for Jenny and in the end he shows that and does the right thing by her.
I’m really looking forward to Ned’s story next. He was young in this one and had some trouble. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Milan has in store for him next.
One thing you have to expect for sure when reading Courtney Milan is a deep and emotional ride, and this was no different....more
Heather Snow is one of those historical romance authors that you may have not heard much about but you should be taking a closer look NOW. H4.5 stars
Heather Snow is one of those historical romance authors that you may have not heard much about but you should be taking a closer look NOW. Her stories are tightly written, very original, full of romance and some intrigue. Her characters are always complex, multi-dimensional and very smart. She writes some of the smartest and most awesome heroines ever!
Now that I can stop gushing…let me tell you about the story. Gabriel thinks he’s going mad. He’s come back from war a bit touchy and his condition just seems to worsen to the point that his family locks him in an institution. And during all that time, the girl he’d crushed on and fantasized about is married to his cousin.
Penelope was a sweet society girl who married the dashing artist, Michael. But Michael wasn’t right and she soon found herself in a marriage with a madman. After his death she took it upon herself to research the maladies of the mind, and has tried to help soldiers who have come back from the war with problems.
Gabriel’s family asks her to intervene and see if there’s any hope for Gabriel to get better and she soon finds herself in that institution with a version of Gabriel she doesn’t recognize. And one that is not scared to tell her how much he’s always wanted her.
Their romance was almost perfect. While Penelope finds a way to help Gabriel with his issues, they also slowly realize how good they fit together in almost every level. I liked Gabriel even when he had a fit. He’s a genuine hero, good at heart, a true gentleman, selfless sometimes. Even amongst his “madness”.
Penelope, on the other hand, is strong willed and she’s lived through enough that she’s both tough but also knows what she likes and wants and can find that soft side in herself. I love seeing a strong heroine and sometimes they don’t have to kick ass to show that strength. That was Penelope.
SWEET MADNESS was another unexpected and absolute favorite. It had a little bit of everything, a good romance, a sizzling couple, a story full of intrigue and twists and turns. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS is the story of Andrew, the Earl of Bellingham. We’ve come to care for him from Dreiling’s first books and have seen him cha
WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS is the story of Andrew, the Earl of Bellingham. We’ve come to care for him from Dreiling’s first books and have seen him change quite a bit throughout them.
Ms. Dreiling’s stories are always full of emotion and heart, with a dash of sexy and fun. WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS is just what I was hoping for. Even though, knowing Bellingham, I was hoping for him to be a bit more seductive. He took one look at the widow that snared his attention and decided he would respect her….as much as he could.
I loved the fact that he was her friend and took care of her. Yes, he was trying to eventually get in her pants, but he showed that he cared for more than that early one. He cared not only for her, but her stepson as well.
Laura on the other hand is a strong woman. Growing up the daughter of a vicar with a lot of sibling, she didn’t necessarily have it easy. She married a man much older than her for love, in spite of people telling her she was marrying for money. She cared for her husband until he passed of an illness. Now a widow, she’s devoted herself to taking care of her late husband’s teenage son, who is more than wild.
It was pretty much Laura and Bellingham against the world in this book. They teamed up to help her son, to protect Laura from gentleman’s advances in London and fortune hunters and to save her from her brother in law who wants to take her stepson away.
I only wish there would’ve been a bit more drawn out resolution to Bellingham’s problems. He really didn’t get to deal with his family’s death as deep and emotional as I thought it would get. Being that this was a major issue for him, I would’ve liked to see this developed more.
With amazing characters and a storyline that kept me turning the pages, WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS is another winner from Ms. Dreiling. It is also the introduction to more of Bell’s friends, who will continue the Sinful Scoundrels series. And believe me, when you’re done with this one you’ll want more of the sexy rakes.
WAYWARD ONE is a different historical romance than what I’ve been reading lately, and I mean that in a good way. It’s a bit darker storyline without
WAYWARD ONE is a different historical romance than what I’ve been reading lately, and I mean that in a good way. It’s a bit darker storyline without really being dark. This book, although unexpected for me, was a good mix of sexy and emotion with an interesting storyline. A story that kept you turning the pages.
Our hero, Fletcher Thomas, is a man who has made his fortune by not so traditional means (ie underworld) and he’s not necessarily a respected member of London society. Sera Miller has grown up at a boarding school, knowing she was an orphan, and without knowing who her benefactor was. She’s now the epitome of proper. Sometimes way too much for my liking.
Fletcher finally reveals himself as Sera’s benefactor and the true reason why he was doing it was very romantic. See, Sera’s mother used to be Fletcher’s fathers’ “lady of the night” and, as kids, Fletcher and Sera spent time together. One could say he fell in love then and always wanted to take care of her. And that’s what he’s been doing for years, from afar. That is until she would be of age and he could snatch her up and marry her. In his mind, she could make him better.
I really liked Fletcher, he’s the good bad guy. He’s wanted so bad to fit in and to be part of society that he doesn’t quite understand it really isn’t all that’s cracked up to be, nor that it may not be a good fit for him.
The connection between Fletcher and Sera was a bit lacking at first for me but it slowly developed and when I wasn’t wanting to club her to snap out of her tidy ways, then they were actually fun together. There’s nothing better than seeing the oh-so-proper Sera get all hot and bothered in the most inappropriate places because she couldn’t fight her attraction to Fletcher.
There’s even a bit of action in this book adding a nice layer to the story. There’s the issue of Sera’s mother and Fletcher’s fathers’ death. We get to find out the truth about that and how this was still affecting their lives today.
I am extremely happy I gave this book a try. I’ve loved the author’s work while being one half of Katie Porter and wasn’t sure how that would relate to her historicals. This is not a Katie Porter book, I was happy to see a distinct voice coming through WAYWARD ONE. But at the same time, I’ll definitely have another author that I need to read from now on.
This is the second Christmas themed short story I’ve read by Ms. Milan and I have to admit, she has a way to tell an engaging short story. Of course, in this case I already knew the heroine of the book from reading THE DUCHESS WAR but I didn’t know about her past and what had happened to her. All of which was only hinted at.
Miss Lydia Charingford got pregnant at a young age. When her family brought her to the doctor, Doctor Jonas Grantham was there to learn and in the future take over the practice. He didn’t say a word, which in Lydia’s mind was the same as him passing judgement on her the same as everyone else.
Now years later, Doctor Grantham comes back to Leicester and runs into Lydia. And realizes that no other woman will do in his search for a wife. It will be her and no one else. But he won’t have an easy time at breaking down her walls.
Like I said, I already cared about Lydia from the first book, so she was easy to love and understand right away in this short story. She’s managed to stay positive even after everything that has happened to her, which in those times would’ve meant complete and total ruin. The shock of finding out why she lost the baby was also a big one. That’s a lot of emotional things to deal with. And in between all that she also has to deal with her own attraction and her body’s reaction to Doctor Grantham.
And I just LOVED Doctor Grantham. He’s blunt. My favorite kind of historical hero. He told it like it was and never curbed his words out of a sense of what’s right and appropriate to talk about it. It was just always about the truth, plain and simple. Even when it didn’t come out quite right.
His caring side was definitely what Lydia needed as well and I think they make a perfect match. Even though Lydia is not the kick ass heroine I prefer to read about, she still has a spine and is not pushover. She tries to see the good in everybody and the positive in any situation, but she is also a realist.
I guess my only complaint is that I wanted more! Not that their story wasn’t told perfectly the way it was, but I’m greedy and I want more of Courtney’s writing. Courtney Milan blows me away every time! A KISS FOR MIDWINTER was another great story by one of my favorite historical authors right now.
There are a few things that are very clear to me after finishing this book:
1. I will religiously read anything Tessa Dare writes because she is now one of my favorite historical authors. Why? Because I have LOVED everything she’s written that I’ve read, period. No questions about it. Her books are always page-turners and addicting for me. I feel that I get so involved in the story, thanks to her wonderful writing, that it’s as if I’m attending the balls and getting in adventures with the characters. 2. She can write the best characters! The heroine AND hero of this story are both so amazing. No wilting flowers here, but not excessively feisty either. Eliza Cade is the perfect blend of what I like in a heroine. She starts off young and bubbly. She’s loyal to friends and family. When she figures out what she wants, she goes after it. 3. I realize that although we all love the bad boy hero, there’s something better…the bad boy hero who is really a good boy at heart. Mr. Wright surprised me in the end and I couldn’t help but want one of my own. 4. The woman has a talent for short stories. This is really an art. It’s not easy to write a short story about characters we’ve never heard about, about lives we’ve never cared for before, and make us fall in love and immerse ourselves in just a short 100 pages. This is now the second time that Tessa Dare rocks with a short story that I’ve read. 5. I can’t help but LOVE the title. Even though I usually can’t remember it. :)
Are those enough reasons why you should read this book?
This serial just keeps getting better and better. Every new episode has me biting my nails and on the edge oThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This serial just keeps getting better and better. Every new episode has me biting my nails and on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out.
DANGEROUS GAMES, much like the last installment, was full of intrigue and revelations. Things are moving full speed ahead and getting more tangled by the minute.
Jake Larkin might be going to jail, Mae might be marrying, and Charlotte...well, she's in the worst spot of them all right now. Married and not able to trust her husband but with little choice on what to do about it. Loving Jake and trying as best as she can to save him.
It almost brought me to tears and the writing was so well done that for the amount of time that it took me to read this, I was living in this world. I think that's what I'm liking the most about it. Other than the danger and mystery and overall sex appeal of the era this is set in, I love how the writing just flows and involves you, draws you in and holds your attention until you finish it.
Of course, then you are only just so much more anxious to get to the next installment to find out what happens next. Great endings for each one! Now bring on the last chapter!
If this serial had been published as a full length book to begin with, this is where I would scream "Now weThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If this serial had been published as a full length book to begin with, this is where I would scream "Now we are talking!". Why? Because everything is coming to a head, all the different strands of individual plots are entangled and have now created a perfect storm and chaos.
Jake is trying to make more money by going deeper into his bootlegging businesses so he can offer Charlotte enough money and security that she could leave her husband and still support her mother. I have to say that their star crossed lovers story warms my heart. Everytime they are in danger or have another obstacle to face, I keep sitting here rooting for them to succeed or not get caught. I love how they are both fearless and single minded in what they want and will stop at nothing to get there.
Then there's Mae, now being forced to straighten up her life, ends up engaged! And what an unexpected and unlikely alliance there. I am curious to see how this will affect the final plot and what role he will be playing. Can't be anything good.
Charlotte's husband, William, really ticked me off in this book. His high handed behavior with everyone makes me despise him. He's got Charlotte trapped in her own home and his sister being forced into a marriage so he can access his inheritance.
The level of mystery and intrigue in this book escalates, what with Charlotte sneaking behind her husband's back so she can see Jake and the cops closing in on getting names to shut down the speakeasy. As well as a heart stopping ending! Ms. Brenner, I did not see that coming! I can't wait to see what happens next.
Again, the author takes us on a journey back in time and we find ourselves back in 1920s New York. How amaziThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Again, the author takes us on a journey back in time and we find ourselves back in 1920s New York. How amazing of a job she does at making me feel immersed in this world.
And ohhh how the plot thickens! This installment in the Gin Lovers serial brings a lot more betrayal. Seems like everyone is getting themselves in trouble and entangling with people that will lead them to their own ruin.
Starting with Charlotte's husband who is starting to show his ugly colors, with his sister and with his wife. I was extremely upset with him when Charlotte went to him for help with her mother.
Charlotte again seems to be the good girl that has to sacrifice but with enough of bad girl in her to still seek her thrills. I am anxious to see how she keeps growing and how she keeps defying her husband. I can't wait to see her playing all these high members of society at their own games.
The relationship between Charlotte and Jake feels pretty well cemented, but they will have to jump through some big obstacles to end up together. Especially after the ending of this installment. Definitely left me wanting more.
Ever since I discovered Tessa Dare while looking for a historical romance series to read in preparation of last year’s A SCANDALOUS AFFAIR, I fell in
Ever since I discovered Tessa Dare while looking for a historical romance series to read in preparation of last year’s A SCANDALOUS AFFAIR, I fell in love. To date, she is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She can blend the most interesting characters, quirky and funny, with plenty of emotion and in the end, tell an amazing story.
I’ve had this audiobook now for a while and I’m upset I waited this long to read it. Again, Ms. Dare blows me away and gets me to fall in love with a hero who is very much the anti-hero and a heroine who is the farthest thing from a proper young lady of the ton.
Lucy has known Jeremy for years, after all, he’s her brother’s best friend. But she’s always been “in love” with friend # 3, Toby. Now she’s determined to win Toby’s affections but in the process, her and Jeremy will figure out that they can’t keep away from each other.
This is one of those books that flows so easy and you keep turning the pages (or in my case, you don’t hit the pause button). You just want 5 more minutes, which then turn into hours. It started out with a sexy and funny moment and after that Jeremy and Lucy didn’t disappoint. Their relationship developed at a great pace, even amidst some of the worst communication problems I’ve ever read!
The turn of events around the middle of the book was a surprise, and again, with all the miscommunication, I think it worked well. Lucy is no delicate flower and she never lost her spirit and who she was, even when her position changed. And Jeremy learned how to work with that. Even if it took him a little bit of time to adjust. But then again, I have a thing for alpha men that think they know the place of a woman who then fall to their knees begging forgiveness....more
I bought this book because a. the cover is gorgeous and b. I love Courtney Milan. Overall, I thought the preThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I bought this book because a. the cover is gorgeous and b. I love Courtney Milan. Overall, I thought the premise of how this anthology was set up was very clever and interesting. See, all the short stories in this anthology revolve around one particular house. Different people and different times, but always around Doyle's Grange. I really liked that. But I can't say the same for all the stories in this anthology and they are better analyzed individually.
One Starlit Night by Carolyn Jewel - 4 stars
Amazing! Just amazing! I have found another author I want to read everything she's ever written. This story was sweet and romantic and hot. The writing was beautiful. I felt like I wanted to keep making status updates on my Goodreads progress because there were so many beautiful quotes. Viscount Northword used to live next door to Doyle's Grange and was very good friends with Portia and her brother all through childhood and adolescence. Then he fell in love with Portia and although we don't know what happened at the beginning or the whys, they do not end up married. He goes on to marry someone else and move away. Years later Portia is now to be married to another man and the Viscount returns. And all their feelings for each other come right back. Their love trascended time and I could feel it from the very first page. They didn't fight it, they didn't abide by propriety of the times. They got kinky in the stables. And they got a second chance at happiness. Loved, loved, loved!
This time they were old enough to know there was nothing new in the world and that they did not invent passion, they created it between them, and it was that which was new and rare.
What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan - 4 stars
Courtney Milan did not disappoint either. Being that she was the reason I wanted to read this, her story was good. Even though now it's my second favorite of this anthology. Mary is hiding out after the death of her father and the charges of embezzlement against him. John is looking for her for two reasons. He hasn't stopped loving her, after all they were to be married. But also, he's the one responsible for finding her, and hopefully the money, that was stolen from his nephew. He finds her, maybe by accident, at Doyle's Grange where she had taken a position as a lady's companion. John is a bit rough around the edges when you would expect someone with his money to be a bit more refined but that worked really well for me. He knows he wants Mary but he still respects her, even though he really doesn't deny his attraction even when he thought she was a part of the theft. A bit less hot than the previous read but still a lot of sexual tension and sparks between these two.
A Dance in Moonlight by Sherry Thomas - 3 stars
I didn't get it. I couldn't connect with the character or the story all that much. I didn't have a problem with the writing for the story itself was nothing that got me crazy. Isabelle's husband died and she comes to Doyle's Grange in the hopes that she could finally be with the man she loved before, Fitzhugh. But Fitzhugh is married and doesn't want an affair. Except that one day a man knocks on her door and looks SO MUCH like Fitzhugh she thought he had come back and changed his mind. Except it wasn't him. Fitzwilliam was also staying nearby and had seen the beautiful woman before and was enthralled. He even continues to be attracted after she jumped his bones because he looked like her ex-lover. I guess I really never bought the fact that Isabelle loved Fitzwilliam instead of using him as a substitute for Fizhugh, and I couldn't understand how he could get over that. I haven't read the series that this short story goes along with, but I don't think it relates that much to the Fitzhugh's that you couldn't read this first. But I do have to say that, even though I have Sherry Thomas' series on my TBR and I'll get to those eventually, it's not going to the top of the list....more