I first fell in love with both characters in book one. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, is a rake, a flirt, alwa...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I first fell in love with both characters in book one. Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, is a rake, a flirt, always getting in trouble and never sleeping alone. We heard a little bit about his "condition" of needing to have someone sleep with him or he just can't sleep but we didn't know the origin of that story. Isn't it always the funny, unabashed heroes that have the most depth? Well that's exactly what you can expect from Lord Payne.
While everyone in town thinks he has his sights set on Diana Highwood, it is actually her sister that has caught and stirred his interest. Minerva is the smart one of her sisters, she never wants to outshine another so long as she is left alone with her rocks. Well, she is very much interested in geology and has found a fascination with some underground caves in Spindle Cove. While her mother decided to extend their stay thinking that Lord Payne might propose to her sister, she's been researching and gathering information about a footprint she's found in one of the caves.
But when she hears from the rumor mill in town that Lord Payne might be proposing to Diana so that he can access the money in his fortune earlier than he was supposed to, she comes to him with a proposition. He can come along with her to a geology simposium so she can present her findings which will earn her 500 guineas. He can keep the money, which will support him until his birthday in London, when he will have access to his fortune. Tempting as this might be to a rake like him (ha!) she doesn't have an easy time of it convincing him but finds himself going anyway.
It helps that he's been attracted to her from the start for unknown reasons. Or maybe just because she is a surprise. They are polar opposites and they bicker and argue at every opportunity. He teases her constantly but she gives it right back. She's so innocent at times where he is concerned. And she reaches a part of him that he doesn't show others easily.
I loved Colin and Minerva together so much I just couldn't put this book down! There was never a dull moment in their adventure to get to Scotland and I was rooting for them the whole time. And there is also a tortured past that our hero has to face head on for his girl that might've brought me close to tears towards the end. If you like your heroines spunky and smart, crazy adventures, funny dialogues and a whole lot of sparks flying then you must read this book!
Master storyteller, Lisa Kleypas, has brought another series so dear to my heart to an end...gloriously! Ohh...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Master storyteller, Lisa Kleypas, has brought another series so dear to my heart to an end...gloriously! Ohh what a beautiful book! I always knew Beatrix was special but she is such a sweetheart in this story I couldn't help but love her to pieces. And her hero, Christopher Phelan, is worthy of all her love and attentions. Truly falling in love with Beatrice's beauty on the inside.
This book has some of my favorite things... a strong lovable heroine who is not afraid to be a bit unladylike and get dirty sometimes; a hero that is truly that, a hero; love letters and notes (I always love books that have that!); a lot of cute and adorable animals.
Beatrix is a favorite of mine. She was always different even in a family like the Hathaways. I love how she started her connection to Christopher through letters while he was during war. Even if she wasn't writing them for herself. And just as she can tame the wildest animals, she's the perfect woman to handle Christopher.
Christopher was amazing as well, he was intense and Beatrix was the only thing that seemed to have pulled him through difficult times and is still helping him now. His PTSD was not addressed as good as I thought it should but I find in a lot of historicals with this subject, they don't go too deep either.
The Hathaway family makes a small appearance, which just makes me sad because I can't believe there won't be any more books in this series. I will miss it dearly and I am on the hunt now for my next Lisa Kleypas read... Suggestions?
Lisa Kleypas wonderful contemporary romance stories but when she's at her best is definitely in historicals. You feel completely transported to the world she describes, as if you were attending the balls and dinners and taking the walks through the gardens with the characters.(less)
The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, an...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, and it ends up being actually pretty dark. I really liked that about it. So it's a surprise in a good way.
Francis Rohan is the King of Hell. He is a man of many titles, who now lives in France. He is a wanted man in his homeland of England. He is the leader, you could say, of the Heavenly Host. These are parties the rich and upper class attend where they can experience all their kinky fantasies.
I actually liked his character. Does that make me bad? He is not ashamed of who he is, and is very upfront about it. With an air of danger and sexuality around him, you can't help but have naughty thoughts even as you're appalled by his behavior.
At his age, he has seen everything, experienced everything, had everything, and is quite uninterested in life and people.
But along comes Elinor Harriman. She ends up in front of him while looking for her mother. And she captivates him from that moment. Not the typical beauty, but the the backbone of her family; strong and smart mouthed.
She was an interesting character to read about, with her internal struggles of what's right and wrong; and how to deal with her own feelings. Always worried about her family and putting herself and her interests last.
This book also had a small side story with Rohan's buddy Charles Reading. I liked him a lot even with the scar on his face he manages to present himself as a very sexy man and I'm just upset we got a little cheated on his story.
What I didn't like? The ending!!! It was almost as if the author ran out of pages to finish the story and had to hurry it up. Other than that, I found this story very entertaining, the bickering between Rohan and Elinor is great. He is truly wicked, but oh so sensual!
There’s something comforting about cracking open a Courtney Milan book. Every time. Maybe it’s that sense of expect the unexpected. THE SUFF...more4.5 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.”
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 historica...more4.5 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!
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...more
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...more
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.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Matthew, but I sure wasn't expecting Matthew to be...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Matthew, but I sure wasn't expecting Matthew to be such a perfect man, who could make me fall in love with him almost instantly!
After his parents are murdered in their own home and their little baby brother is kidnapped, Matthew is now the head of the family and has to look out for the best interest of the rest of his siblings (which are many!). He can get land from the government to expand their ranch and with that, they would have a successful operation. But there's a catch. That land is only available to families, and although his siblings count as kids, he needs a wife. He happens to blurt out that he is already married to a woman named Hannah. Now he has 30 days to find a single woman named Hannah and marry her or he will loose the land.
I think I loved everything about Matthew and Hannah getting together. His attraction to Hannah was there even before knowing her name, and even while she wasn't looking her best. He didn't try to lie to her and woe her, he was honest from the start. Even though their marriage started off on strange circumstances, he always respected her and gave her the love and attention that he would've a wife he married for love.
Now going back to Matthew being the perfect man... Of course there are the few points I just mentioned above, and on top of that he has integrity, he truly loves his family and would do anything for them. But when he loves a woman, he does do everything for her. He loves deeply, even when he's fighting his feelings. And then there's Hannah who has grown up taking care of her grandmother and working to support them both most of her life. She hasn't left the adversities she had to face change who she was as a person, they only made her stronger but not bitter. She's one tough cookie.
There's a bit of suspense in this book as well, since someone did kill his parents and obviously doesn't want them getting that land and now Hannah is in the middle of it.
If you love cowboys, and a very well written story that will suck you right in, then you have to check this out! I honestly can't wait to read the next installment!(less)
Fascinating and captivating. I have a feeling that this serial will become addictive because it brings such originality when things are starting to all blend in together. THE GIN LOVERS really was like nothing I've read and more like a good movie.
The setting? New York. The era? 1920s. Glamour, high society and their drama, the Prohibition and a great set of characters. I'm completely intrigued by the story. Charlotte Delacorte had married into a society family and has lived for a few years with her husband, William, according to society's rules. Now that her mother-in-law passed away she is expected to pick up where she left off and be an example to follow and the image of the family, while helping her husband to keep his sister in line.
But it's hard to do all that while juggling a husband who is obviously hiding something, a sister-in-law who is in love with a cocktail waitress, and her own urges to be young and free like people around her seem to be.
The setup in this book was a bit slow but I think it was a great backdrop for what we will be expecting of the serial from here on out. Jazz, speakeasy and flapper dresses. Dancing and drinking and climbing out of windows. Trying to be good while wanting to be bad. Especially when she meets Jake Larkin.
I did find this story to be longer than other serials I've read before, this was more novella length, which I found a lot more enjoyable and hope to see it continue throughout the serial.
Ash, Mark and Smite Turner were the victims of other people's greed from the time they were young. Their tit...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Ash, Mark and Smite Turner were the victims of other people's greed from the time they were young. Their title and their money was basically taken away after their father's death, their mother went insane.
Ash Turner made something of himself by way of commerce. He traveled to India, he learned business, he did what he had to do. Then he came back for his brothers.
Now there's a way for him to reclaim the dukedom that should be his and he's taking it. He's moving right in to Parford Manor along with Mark. Except the old family left a spy behind. Lady Margaret Dalrymple, who now has to report back to his brother of anything that they can use in their legal battle to retain the dukedom in their family.
She never fit in her family, her family never had her back. So when Ash pays so much attention to her, and shows that he truly cares for her, it slowly disarms her and brings down her barriers.
Ash is the steady rock, the pillar of his family. That's all he knows how to be. So he wants to provide the same for Margaret, no matter what others might think.
You're important. You matter.
I was a bit concerned as to how Ms. Milan would bring back the heroine from such a betrayal to our hero but it all worked out very well I think, without seeming completely out of reality.
Now I can't wait to read about the other brothers! Yummy!
"I am trying to have you. Not for one night, nor even two. I want you every evening. Mine outright, not a few hours stolen here or there. I want you during the day, on my arm. I want to know that when we're apart you're missing me. I want to know that when we're together, I'm the one who puts the smile on your face."(less)
Spindle Cove is a nice and quiet vacationing spot where young ladies can go to and feel free to enjoy themse...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Spindle Cove is a nice and quiet vacationing spot where young ladies can go to and feel free to enjoy themselves without facing the judgement of others like they would in London society. Also known as Spinsters Cove. The ladies here are not your ordinary historical romance heroine. There's something that has been determined "less desirable" with each of them. Once they are in Spindle Cove, though, they maintain a schedule. On Mondays, they have country walks. On Tuesdays, sea bathing. On Wednesdays, gardening. I'll have to let you find out about Thursdays when you read the book!
Susanna Finch is the head spinster of sorts. She pretty much runs this town, and the women have taken it over! Susanna's control is tested when a group of men, led by Victor Bramwell, aka Bram, and soon to be known as Lord Rycliff arrives. He's a war hero seeking her fathers' recommendation so that he can return to his post for the duration of the war. Her dad gives him a castle, and a title, and will consider signing his papers if he manages to make the few good men of the town to make a presentation worthy of a military group.
With not too many pickings, he has his work cut out for him. And the one thing he was not counting on is Susanna Finch. She's spirited, opinionated, strong willed, and he can't help his attraction to her! These two are great from the start! Their dialogue is witty and funny and entertaining. Their chemistry is amazing turning to hot!
The secondary characters in this book are endearing as well. My favorite being Colin, Bram's cousin. Lord Payne is the incorrigible rake who, in more than one occasion, turns the sweet town of Spindle Cove upside down with his antics. I can't wait for his book next.
I am excited to see what happens with the rest of the crazy ladies in Spindle Cove!
He knew all her objections to marriage were logical. She’d built her life and village around happy spinsterhood, and the demands of his military career left no room for a wife. A hasty wedding could mean grief for Sir Lewis, scandal for Susanna, and God knew what for Bram. But he was going to marry her, despite it. Because when he looked at Susanna, all he could think was one word. It wasn’t a particularly elegant or poetic word, any more so than “like.” But it had a straightforward eloquence all its own. Mine.(less)
This is such a hard book to review, especially because it has some elements that I normally don't care for m...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This is such a hard book to review, especially because it has some elements that I normally don't care for much, but somehow they work so well in this book!
Sir Mark Turner was left writing a book about chastity when we finished Unveiled. Yes, the hero is a virgin *cue the shocked gasps*. This is not usually the case, but for Mark waiting until marriage is very important and he wants to teach these values to other people. If you had asked me what I thought at the end of the last book, I would've said I didn't understand his point much. After reading what he had to go through as a child, maybe I see it in a new light.
The story was definitely eye opening in regards to the Turner brothers and all they've had to go through. It has not been an easy life for any of them.
Now that Mark is somewhat of a celebrity he will be faced with the biggest challenge yet. Jessica. While he believes she's a reputable woman and starts falling in love with her, she is actually hiding a secret with the sole purpose of destroying him. And she's the experienced one in this story.
This series has brought the heroines so far in somewhat of a bad light. They always have a big obstacle to overcome to achieve their HEA. Betrayal. And the hurt and deception that goes along with it. I think that's the best part about these stories. Seeing the heroines dig themselves out of really tough situations.
Now you're just left to find out if Mark will give in to his needs and throw everything he's achieved out the window for one moment of bliss in Jessica's arms. Totally worth it!
We'll have to see what Smite's story will bring, somehow I have a feeling his will be a tearjerker.(less)
A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL is the story of the original Christies. At the beginning of FLAWLESS, Sir William Chri...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL is the story of the original Christies. At the beginning of FLAWLESS, Sir William Christie had just died and left his kids with some tough choices to face if they wanted their inheritance. This is his story.
William Christie is not a man of good family, he's made his fortune on his own, coming from nothing. After the death of his wife, whom he was married more for convenience and respect than love, he's hardened even further. Everything with him is a means to an end. His end, his goals, his success.
Which is why he is challenged and at the same time attracted to Catrin Jones. She is from a decent family, but poor. The only survivor of a shipwreck. Military nurse. He wants to get her story so he can have control of a newspaper that is sure to go out of business and he wants to get his paws on it. The key is the exclusive of what happened to that ship and the story of the lone survivor. If he has to seduce her to get it, then so be it.
William Christie, the brute, the jerk, really I shouldn't like him. He is everything that you'd expect me NOT to like. But I find myself captivated by his spirit, his drive, his passion. And I can say the same for Catrin, she's straightforward, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. They're perfectly matched.
It is bittersweet to see their story knowing they are no longer around, but now I really want to read Alex's story, STARLIGHT. He is the son from Sir William's first marriage.
I've been checking out this series for a while so when I saw this Christmas read for only $0.79 on Kindle I...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I've been checking out this series for a while so when I saw this Christmas read for only $0.79 on Kindle I had to jump on it. I've never read this author either so it was the perfect sampler. Now I can't wait to read more.
This historical has some spunk. Violet is no wilting flower. She was in love with her neighbor, Christian, her whole life. Then one night he finally notices her and takes her virginity, only to leave town the next day. From then on, he's been referred to in her mind as The Disappointment.
She's been away from home at Spindle Cove ever since and now that is time to go back home and find a husband she receives a most unexpected guest. A bit unrecognizable, but still her Christian. She's not sure if he's a spy or just working undercover during the war but he's risked everything to come see her and ask her to give him a chance and wait for him.
I thought this was a perfect Christmas time romance, it has some intrigue and some action and the H/h are very likeable. A fast and deliciously enjoyable read!(less)
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 o...moreThis 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!
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.
If this serial had been published as a full length book to begin with, this is where I would scream "Now we...moreThis 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.
I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline! This book was by no means a boring historical romance, it had some humor, some intrigue, gossiping tongues, an untamable (or so he thought) rake and a woman who thought she should give up on finding happiness for herself but wanted to find it for everyone else.
I think the best way to tell you about the storyline is that it's a historical cross between these two reality shows:
This is such a fun concept! Accomplished rake, Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, needs to find a wife. He is the most eligible bachelor of the season. At a party he meets a girl that looks like sin stirs his lust. But she turns out to be what could be considered a spinster. Tessa is 26, not a spring chicken by any means. She inherited a great deal of money from her uncle and she is not interested in marriage for herself. Ever. However she has made it her job to find other ladies a suitable husband.
When Tristan finds out that the woman that caught his eye is a matchmaker, he hires her services. She decides to make it a big courtship. She gathers the women she feels would fit him better, and they go through a few events after which he eliminates certain candidates.
And during that whole time they both have to pretend they are not falling in love. That they are not the perfect match. But she feels something that happened in the past could never allow her the happiness of being married to Tristan.
This story was different and fun. I had a great time reading it!(less)
This was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie...moreThis was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie queen and got her pregnant with twins. She managed to escape, taking with her the one son that looked light like her and leaving behind the dark one, like the unseelies. When she left she put a curse on them that would only be lifted if they brought a virtue to lay with them willingly and be with them at the unseelie court.
Seven virtues are born every 100 years. And now both faes are after them. With all the elements of a good paranormal erotica historical romance, I still can't put my finger on why I didn't love this book.
Charlotte Featherstone's writing was excellent. It really brought you into their world. And between balls, and walks in the garden, Prince Thane (a dark unseelie fae ruled by Lust) has found his match in noblewoman Chastity Lennox (Virtue).
He is not the only one that wants Chastity for himself, however, the Seelie Prince, and one of the twins, wants her as his wife as well.
Thane comes to Chastity several times, but erases her memories of it. They are sexually charged encounters, and he slowly breaks down her barriers. Very erotic! However, the connection between them was lacking until the end.
I really couldn't see how he can say he developed feelings for her as a lot of their time together was a creation.
This is a series I will continue, I'm curious to read about the rest of the Virtues. (less)
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a sexy guy in a uniform, whether it's in current times or in the past. Add...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a sexy guy in a uniform, whether it's in current times or in the past. Add to that the whole time I was reading this I would picture Len Gunn (the model on the cover) and well.... let me just tell you about the book.
In Matthew, the Graham family had been targeted, their youngest sibling Benjamin was kidnapped and their parents were killed. And then came Brody Armstrong, the Texas Ranger who had been researching a series of similar crimes in the area and was now on the trail of what happened to them. Except now that he has a lead to follow, he can't seem to get rid of Olivia Graham.
Olivia was in one word feisty. She had a lot of spunk and she was willing to do anything to find her brother. I have to admire her for her courage, first in making Brody have to take her, and second that she was no wilting flower.
Brody on the other hand, I expected his roughness and sex appeal. A man of the law, but also a loner, used to getting his way because there's never anyone around to confront him. And when he comes across a woman who does, well, unexpected things happen. =) What can I say? I love a bad boy, and Brody is not necesarily a good boy, so I fell for him pretty damn quick.
These two were destined to be together, it was great they didn't really try to fight it much. They perfectly suited for each other in and out of the bedroom. Their banter was funny, their sexual tension was great, and they also worked very well as a team. But ohhhhhhh how I loved how they heated up the sheets. Raw and needy and primal, holding nothing back and ashamed of nothing.
Although I guess this is a cowboy series to me it has more of the feel of a good western, with outlaws and rangers, at least from what we've seen so far. And I have to say that I really like that about it. I'm excited already for Caleb's book and to see how the story develops in finding Benjamin.
Again, the author takes us on a journey back in time and we find ourselves back in 1920s New York. How amazi...moreThis 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.
Who knew historical romance could be this hot? Lack of communication got them apart to begin with. Madeline,...moreThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Who knew historical romance could be this hot? Lack of communication got them apart to begin with. Madeline, who had grown up in London society, fell deepy in love for Brock five years ago. She even gave him her virginity. But Brock was nothing more than her father's stable hand then and her father paid him off so he would leave town. Or so she thought.
When she realized she had gotten pregnant, she married Lord Sedgewick to cover it up and claim the child as his. Now, with her husband's death almost a year ago and all he left behind were debts, she is left in a precarious situation. This is when Brock comes back into her life.
He's made something of himself, has money, but doesn't have the acceptance in society. He pays off her debts and proposes the deal that she'd marry him to repay him. A deal she refuses to accept. He has a lot of ulterior motives, of course: vengeance, a business venture, acceptance. But most of all he is still deeply in love with her. Even though he can't bring himself to say this to her.
Madeline doesn't want to admit she still has feelings for him, even though he makes his best attempts to seduce her. She doesn't tell him they have a daughter together either. But oh how good he is at the seduction.
While there was an incredible lack of communication between these two characters, I enjoyed every single one of their interactions and how their story slowly unfolded. They were put in a position where they had to be more intimate than they would've otherwise and face the feelings that were still there.
A story of a second chance at love. Of falling in love all over again and forgiving past and present mistakes. It kept me glued to the pages as I usually expect by this wonderful author.
I bought this book because a. the cover is gorgeous and b. I love Courtney Milan. Overall, I thought the pre...moreThis 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.(less)
What was I waiting for and why didn't anyone tell me how great Heather Snow was? I started reading this book with really no expectations. I was more than pleasantly surprised. This is just the type of historical I like to read.
Here are just a few of the things that made this such a great read for me:
An awesome heroine Emma Wallingford is extremely smart, she's not scared of much, she faces life and problems head on. She's strong, opinionated, loyal. While she's had a crush on her neighbor Lord Frederick Aveline since she was a little girl, she didn't just fall at his feet, even though she wanted to swoon when he came back into town after a long absence. And I love that she has a fascination with green dresses and men's boots!
A mystery to solve The story revolves around mystery and intrigue. Some people have been turning up dead and Emma decided she would be the one to investigate. With her brain, no one can refuse her if she wants to help catch the killer. But there is also the fact that she's taken over the duties of town's magistrate in place of her brother, who is not well enough to do the job anymore. Only bad point to this was the fact that I figured out the killer way early in the book and was actually disappointed that I was right.
The one thing that annoyed me a bit at the same time that I liked him was Derick himself. I think I might've been reading too many "I'm not good enough for you because I've done some awful things in the past" books because I had reached my limit with Derick. Yes he's not the noble that people think he is, he has a rather unorthodox relationship with both the French and the English. He's a double agent, he's killed, he's made enemies. He should stay away from Emma. And this line of thinking goes on for just a tad too much for my liking.
But all that couldn't outshine how sweet and innocent Emma broke through his walls and wove herself into his heart.
WOW! The House of Rohan is turning into a favorite series of mine. I couldn't put this book down! The characters and the plot are dark, and it feels l...moreWOW! The House of Rohan is turning into a favorite series of mine. I couldn't put this book down! The characters and the plot are dark, and it feels like a guilty pleasure to like them.
First there's Adrian Rohan. I want him! Yes, he's the rake, but he's so damn good at it! He's lived a life of excess and debauchery. Always participating in the kinky fest at the Heavenly Host.
Then there's Charlotte Spenser. She's the spinster who doesn't think she's pretty enough to catch a man. And has always been in love with Rohan.
Until one day her friend Lina brings her to a gathering of the Heavenly Host (undercover) so that she can see what the pleasures of the flesh are all about. While roaming the rooms she catches Rohan's eye, and he immediately figures out who she is and decides he will have her. *SWOON*
I want to marry Adrian Francis Rohan.
There's intrigue, betrayal, friendship, and a few murder attempts. But this book is hot! HAWT!!! And the plot works so well for me. The characters are all perfect for each other. Honorable mention for favorite scene has to be THE SLAP. Charlotte shows us she has a spine and won't just fall at Adrian's feet, I loved it. There's a great side story with Lina and Simon. Ohhh my heart broke for Lina and what happened in her past. My only complaint on that front is that we don't get to see as much of their developing romance and it all kind of fell together at the end for them.
And while I'm complaining, here's a minor detail that I wished was explained better at the beginning of the book. Adrian Francis Rohan is the son of Elinor and Francis Rohan (from Ruthless). I really wish this fact would've been a little clearer. But I did enjoy seeing both of them coming back at the end of the book and to hear their son talking about how they had a perfect marriage.(less)
When I first saw this book I thought "Wow I don't think I've read anything in fiction centered around this...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
When I first saw this book I thought "Wow I don't think I've read anything in fiction centered around this era". This might just be because of the lack of romance novels that want to tackle such a sad time but I've watched more than my share of movies. They are always the hardest stories to read/watch and they especially tug at the strings of my heart. That being said, Ms. Lofty captured the time with precision and emotion.
Reading HIS VERY OWN GIRL was almost like watching a movie and the story had me so involved I couldn't put it down. It's a story of love in trying times, of the strength of two people to do what was right for their lives, for their countries, for so many other people and to find their way back to each other.
Lulu Davies is a British pilot who has already experienced a big loss in her life. Her fiance killed himself after coming back home from the war with PTSD. She's been alone for a while and swore she would never give her heart to anyone else again. Only one night dates for her from now on.
But then came Joe Weber, an American paratrooper who had been tapped to be a medic. They first meet when he drags her out of her own plane after she had to do a rough landing. From there, they see each other a few times, and always Lulu intended it to be the last. But Joe is persistent and he keeps going after her until her resolve starts to break down.
While they flirt and date and fall in love, war is going on around them. At times I felt that I could've done with less of the war times descriptions because it just always seemed so real that it made me sad. And speaking of sad, this book is such a tear jerker. I'm even crying writing this review, already had to take two breaks and then I come back to write it and as I think about it I get teary eyed again.
A hero that is just that, a true hero, even though at times his macho attitude and way of thinking had me wanting to slap him silly. But it was different times and that's the way the majority of men thought. Joe also fits the tortured hero mold. I won't tell you what's in his past so I don't ruin the story as it unfolds but lets just say he tried to do the right thing and only got screwed for it.
And then there's Lulu. You have to love and hate Lulu. Love that she is strong when women were only looking for a man to lean on and take care of their problems. Love her for wanting to be there for her fiance when he was struggling with PTSD when even he had given up on himself. Love her for opening up her heart again, because once she does she loves truly and unconditionally. But also hate her for being stubborn, because she didn't make things easy, because she still had things her way.
I recommend that you read this beautiful love story, but make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy.
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me in...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Wow! I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I did. First of all the cover was deceiving to me in a way. This is an erotic, paranormal, historical romance story. Although I love the cover, I was not expecting that. I love when genres mix and this one was a combination we don't see too often because the paranormal aspect of the book was the fae and magic. Something I don't get to read enough about and when done right it always intrigues me.
Our heroine Alicia has been under a spell that keeps all her emotions at bay for years. She often thought of as cold and she doesn't even know why she can't feel. And then she is engaged to be married to Lord Edward Carstairs. One of London's most eligible bachelors. He chooses her because he thinks with her being such a cold and aloof woman he can still manage to fulfill his duty.
And his duty is to the supernatural world. Edward is a catalyst, he is the means by which sorcerers can draw power from the earth, he is also a loyal servant of the Crown.
Once they figure out what's been done to Alicia, Edward will help her free herself and feel at the same time finding out why this was done and what she is. Because Alicia is no ordinary human either.
In a strange way this book reminded me a bit of Charlotte Featherstone's LUST, just a bit.It was different, full of action and intrigue and it was very erotic. Enthralling! I just couldn't put it down. I had to read it at any available moment of the day.
I wish I would've known about Ms. Day's books before. There are some couples that make small appearances in this book who have had their books already. THE SEDUCTION OF MIRANDA PROSPER and THE SURRENDER OF LADY JAYNE. I will now go back and read them as I find this world fascinating!
I'm a fool. Edward closed his eyes and held Alicia close. I'm a weakling and a fool, and I will pay, but God help me, I will not give her up yet. Not yet. Not a minute before I must.
A SEASON FOR SIN is more of a series prologue, meant to tease readers and give them a glimpse of what's to c...moreThis review was posted at Under the Covers
A SEASON FOR SIN is more of a series prologue, meant to tease readers and give them a glimpse of what's to come. This is a sort of spin off series of her How To series and we had previously met Bell. Now that his mistress left him for another man, at least when he was about to send her packing himself, he is trolling the parties and operas for a good woman to pass the time with. A woman that wouldn't question his loose morals and his needs.
What he finds is not what he expected. He finds a proper young lady who is a widow after her older husband died. She is also in charge of her stepson, who is a train wreck waiting to happen.
Not what Bell was looking for at all, especially not when she's a respectable woman, but he can't deny the attraction and sets to woe her. Their book should be fun to read.
As always around Bell you can expect to find chaos and mayhem, he meets some new pals in this short that were highly entertaining and I can't wait to see what troubles they get into together.
This is not meant to be a standalone novella. There is no resolution to their conflict just the very beginning and tease of what their story will be. It will leave you wanting more. More Dreiling, more Bell and more scoundrels.
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...more
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!