After reading a lot of negative reviews on here about this one, I feel I have to write a review... For starters this author writes romantic fiction.......moreAfter reading a lot of negative reviews on here about this one, I feel I have to write a review... For starters this author writes romantic fiction....what were some people thinking? its not a literary masterpiece, so if thats what you are after. Do not pick up this book.
Now if you like nice,lighthearted, feel good romantic reads and you like authors like Rachel Gibson, Susan Donovan or even Susan Elizabeth Phillips (to name a couple) then this will be right up your street.
Right now back to the book: Jane shys away from passion after her witnessing her parents passionate displays and rows and basically giving her a slightly rotten childhood. Devlin is obviously a very macho male lead characte (duh!) with a huge family and has spent years running away from their interferring ways. Then there is one hot look in a bar shared between the two of them, some misconceptions about each other, throw in a kind of "bad guy" and you get a great story.
I loved both characters, and I thought they had a great story but I found myself really enjoying all of the secondary characters and anticipating the next 2 books in the series.
This author has a great writing style and the dialogue she creates between characters really has me laughing out loud and smiling in pleasure.
Every time I read a Susan Andersen, I am left with a nice feeling and satisfaction that you get what is promised on the cover. (less)
Wow! I am zooming through this series. After reading Cutting Loose yesterday I couldnt wait to pick this one today and I didn't put it down :)
I was int...moreWow! I am zooming through this series. After reading Cutting Loose yesterday I couldnt wait to pick this one today and I didn't put it down :)
I was intrigued by Detective Jason de Sanges from the previous book and looked forward to reading his story. The same goes for Poppy who comes across as smart, but fiercely strong and independent.
Well....Jason was a fab male lead, he got a bit annoying in the end when he was all "i dont know how to love" when it was clearly obvious he did. I would have liked a bit more background on him rather than just the fact his whole family practically live in prison but overall he was one hot male hero. I quite liked Poppy too, but like another reviewer has pointed out the way she spoke got a bit annoying and all of the "GAWD" etc but maybe its just me, i'm not American, maybe this is how some American's talk...?
I don't think I liked this more than Cutting Loose but I certainly didnt like it any less. Was a great middle book and now next on my list is Playing Dirty and I cannot wait to read Ava's story as I am thoroughly intrigued by Cade Gallari her love interest.(less)
I have had this book on my TBR for around 2 years and I finally got round to reading it. I LOVED IT! I did not want to put it down and it reminded me a...moreI have had this book on my TBR for around 2 years and I finally got round to reading it. I LOVED IT! I did not want to put it down and it reminded me a lot of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Every girl wants a Jacob, lets face it lol and he was very manly strong male character. Isabella (Twilight flashes because of the names lol) was a strong female character who could kick butt. I loved both of them but I did especially love all of the secondary characters of Noah, Elijah, Gideon and Legna. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the books and read everyone else's stories.
The only reason I didnt give this a full 5 star rating is because I think Isabella should have questioned some things, she accepted everything really quickly and blindly.
Gideon will be one of my next reads and if you like paranormal romances I definately recommend giving this a go. Altho it does have sex in it so if you don't like to read it then this isn't one for you.(less)
The second in the series and actually better than the first "Jacob" I thought.
A lot more character development in this one due to the story developmen...moreThe second in the series and actually better than the first "Jacob" I thought.
A lot more character development in this one due to the story development. I was intrigued by Gideon in the first book and was looking forward to starting this one and it didn't disappoint.
I love the character of Legna, she was strong and ascertive and not whiny or annoying as some female lead characters can be. And Jacquelyn managed to make Gideon even more appealing than Jacob. I also loved the back story on all of the other characters, how they are getting on and dealing with situations etc We were introduced to Vampires and Lycanthropes in this book and I really look forward to reading the next book Elijah to learn more about these.
I was drawn into the book and its great writing to make you care for all of the characters and how they turn out.
I loved the Lycanthrope side of the story, made a nice little change from the Nightwalkers. Altho Ejliah has t...moreThe series is getting better and better.
I loved the Lycanthrope side of the story, made a nice little change from the Nightwalkers. Altho Ejliah has to be the best written hero so far in the series. Both characters were well suited for each other and it will be interesting to see how their story develops over the next couple of books.
I am trying to limit myself so that I dont read the series too quickly, but I will be on "Damien" by the end of the week :)
Wasn't quite as good as Elijah but def one of my favourites so far. I liked the fact that it didnt ha...moreAnother fantastic book in the Nightwalker series.
Wasn't quite as good as Elijah but def one of my favourites so far. I liked the fact that it didnt have much to do with the Demons in this one, in fact I have a soft spot for Vampires and I loved reading Damien's story.
Syreena was brilliantly written, I loved her, who doesnt love a strong kick ass female..? And Damien was a strong sexy Vampire and who doesnt want a Vampire of her own..? One of the reasons I love Kresley Cole Immortal After Dark series is because I love the Vampire angle. The story is still going strong, I thought I would be bored of the bad guy by now but she is getting more mad and more evil and getting stronger with every book. Ruth is a brilliantly bad guy and even though part of me wants them to outwit her and catch them, I am interested in knowing what she will do next. Another aspect of this book I enjoyed was reading the big meeting between all species of Nightwalkers, and them all learning to tolerate and keep peace. It will be interesting to read how this will plan out in the future books.
What I also love about this series of books is how we get updates of all of the characters from the previous books.
This was my first Judith McNaught HR and I really enjoyed this.
I actually started it yesterday afternoon and finished it last night, I couldnt put it...moreThis was my first Judith McNaught HR and I really enjoyed this.
I actually started it yesterday afternoon and finished it last night, I couldnt put it down.
I was surprised when I saw this book was published in 1987 as it doesnt seem dated apart from the wording of the male anatomy, whereas more modern words are used for that in HR's nowadays. And I have to say I prefer the modern wording to "staff" and "manhood" lol
Victoria and Jason were great characters. There were times when the pair of them were driving me mad and there was the scene of the wedding night that made me want to cry reading it.
Jason wasnt a bad guy. He'd had a pretty crap life. Mistrearted as a child, then gets married to a vain selfish woman who cheats on him all the time. The one light in his life had been his child and the mother inadvertantly killed him and herself. In comes Victoria who makes him laugh and smile despite himself, and he wants her but he doesnt want to want her. He doesnt want or need anyone. He is happy with his life and keeping mistresses. I did also get pissed at this point because even tho we know he went to see his mistress once he was married, we never find out if he actually used her services.
Victoria was also a very well written character.....except she seemed to have no flaws, was perfect and could do everything perfectly! She was practically Mary Poppins. I also think she acted a bit of a div on the wedding night, she should have just told him she was nervous (even tho he also should have realised) and after his treatment of her she then wants him back in her bed, and it felt extremely quick. Obviously that night was more traumatic for the reader rather than her character.
I did feel sorry for poor Andrew...but to be married to him and have his mother for a mother-in-law, I think not. I didnt like that he was hurt so bad, but to be honest it wasnt Victoria's fault he should be looking to his mother, the interfering old bat.
With all this though I still couldnt put the book down. I really loved Jason in the end, he came through and he was a good bloke, just a bit misguided in places and when he did something wrong, he admitted it and generally apologised for his behaviour and tried to make things up to her. Really was some good writing here, the story was interesting and as soon as I finished this I started the next in the series Something Wonderful.(less)
**spoiler alert** Oooooo this was the best of the 3!!
Oh sigh and swoon over Ian...what else is there to say about the gorgeous hero of this book...
In...more**spoiler alert** Oooooo this was the best of the 3!!
Oh sigh and swoon over Ian...what else is there to say about the gorgeous hero of this book...
In this 3rd and final book of the series we meet Ian Thornton and Elizabeth Cameron. Elizabeth is apparently a good friend of Alexandra from the previous book (where this was mentioned im unsure as i didnt remember her being mentioned). Anyhow they meet at a weekend party, flirt and dance, kiss and start to fall in love. Then there is a lot of misunderstandings and confusion and there ends up being a duel leaving Elizabeth's reputation in tatters, and she is shut out of society.
2 years later....her brother has disappeared leaving them to the debt people, she has sold everything of value so that she doesnt lose her precious house. And even though she isnt unhappy she isnt quite fully happy either. Her horrible uncle has decided she is to marry again as he is sick of paying for everything and sends out letters to all of her suitors in order to find one to marry her. 3 of them get back to her, 1 of them being the lovely Ian Thornton. This sets off a chain of events, ending up with back with Ian, him being engaged to someone else and then him rushing after her to declare his love and ask her to marry him. In order to do this though he also has to settle an old family feud....once settled he is now the heir of the Duke of Stanhope.
*takes a breath* He sorts out a deal with Elizabeth's uncle and then asks her to marry him, she has a few things she wants to add into the contract, he happy with that because all he wants is her. Wedding bliss ensues..altho Ian feels terribly guilty over her brothers disappearance as he was the reason behind it. Although in his defence Robert did try to kill him twice more after the duel. Rather then inform the authorities he decides to put him on a ship and allow him the time and space to get over his hatred. Robert then makes a reappearance and tells Elizabeth a lot of lies, she believes him and they run off together, altho she does come back again when she sees that Ian is on trial for murdering both her and Robert, she runs to help rescue him and tell the madistrates the truth.
Once Ian is cleared of the charges he is (and rightly so) angry and pretty much wants to throttle Elizabeth. She tries to explain, tries to tell him how much she loves him but he files for divorce.
This is where I am going to leave the narrative and get to how brilliant I thought this book was.
It was completely and utterly the best out of all 3.
Ian was a fantastic hero...he was stubborn to a fault but he was just irrisistible and adoreable and I fell in love with his character from his very first scene :) I really really liked Elizabeth also, thought she was sweet and strong, hardworking and loyal and i was obvious she felt something for him. I wanted to yell at her to stop being so stupid and KISS HIM! Then when she ran off with Robert, my opinion of her fell considerably. I felt so bad for Ian. In fact I imagined myself in the story, elbowing her out of the way and comforting him myself lol
From this point on I was totally biased towards him. He did act incredibily stubbornly but then again what did she expect? she should have talked to him about these accusations other than run off.
There were also some incredibly funny parts to the book also. For example the character of Lucinda, Elizabeth's spinster Aunt. Her dialogue was so funny at times that it had me laughing out loud.
The ending was a lovely JM ending. All gooey and lighthearted and now I feel all swoony. I loved it! Am now off to purchase the Westmoreland series.
WOW! OH WOW! That about sums up my love of this book. My first book by Monica McCarthy but definately not my last.
In this we meet Rory Chief of the McLe...moreWOW! OH WOW! That about sums up my love of this book. My first book by Monica McCarthy but definately not my last.
In this we meet Rory Chief of the McLeod's Clan....and well Rory, he is manly, sexy, strong and oh so sexy and scottish. Hmm I never had a thing for Highlanders before this book ;-)
We also have Isabel, the daughter of the Chief of the MacDonald Clan.
The 2 clans are enemies because of a wrong done to one of the McLeods and they have been fighting for the past 2 years. The King then has enough and orders Rory to marry Isabel so that there will be peace amongst the clans.
Rory doesnt want to get married let alone get married to a MacDonald and he gets the King to agree to a "handfast". Which is basically a marriage but you have a choice after 1 year and 1 day to go seperate ways if you want to with no repurcussions. What he doesnt figure into it is how beautiful Isabel is and fron the moment he claps eyes on her, he lusts for her.
Isabel is happy going into a handfast also, she is only there to spy on the enemy and pass information to her family. She has never really fit into her family because she is female and she is looking to prove herself. And again instant attraction from the moment she looks at Rory.
Love at first sight ahhh I love it !
Anyway there is the inevitable love story, they fall into bed eventually, they fall for each other. Can Isabel really betray Rory for her clan?
I loved this book. It had a bit of everything including the red HOT love scenes. Phew! They were hot as well. More than half way through before they finally do go to bed together but the lead up and the chemistry between the 2 main characters was explosive. I almost had to fan myself a couple of times lol Brilliant writing from the author on this count. Monica McCarthy can definately do romance.
But there isn't just the romance. There is a little of the way Rory feels, being Chief of the clan, always having to do things for the best of them and not necessarily what might be best for him. It had betrayal, lies and bad guys also.
Isabel's uncle was a total slimeball and a very good bad guy. My only real issue was that he started off as a bad guy well but then seemed to be defeated quite easily....maybe this isnt the last we see of him? I would have liked a few more fighting scenes as well, especially at the end of the book it all happened quite quickly. Which is probably why I have marked it down 1 star. Am hoping for a little more action in the next book which I will be starting next :)
I also liked the Authors Notes at the end of the book, that tell you what really happened in History with the people the characters are based on. I don't know a lot of the Scottish history and I found it really interesting.
Alex seems rather hot also....I wonder who I will be partial to by the end of the series.(less)
This is the second book of the McLeod Clan series and in this we meet gorgeous Alex (Rory's brot...more** SMALL SPOILERS **
Sigh another great Highlander one.
This is the second book of the McLeod Clan series and in this we meet gorgeous Alex (Rory's brother - who also appeared in the first book), and the beautiful and smart Meg Mackinnon.
Alex is on a bit of top secret mission to find out information to what the King is plotting. Again the King is looking to screw the Highlanders over basically, and give away their lands to the "Lowlanders"...specifically the British. Meg is at court because she needs to find a husband. She needs a husband who will NOT take over her clan, but help her brother handle things and make sure noone tries to fight him for the leader role. Her brother isn't 100% in the head but is unfortunately the only male heir.
In the beginning of this it looks like she will marry her best friends brother Jamie, he is smart and loyal and wont look to take over things. But when she is rescued by Alex she cant get him out of her mind. His big solid muscly frame...his gorgeous blue eyes..enough to make any girl swoon really. When she sees him at Court, she automatically knows him to be her rescuer and is fasinated by him. She knows he isnt there for what he claims to be and tries to find out his secrets.
Alex sees her and can see she knows who he is and what he did for her and her mother. He in instantly attracted to her and after some matchmaking from her mother they end up dancing. She confides she is there to look for a husband and he likes how forward she is. But he cannot offer her anything so does his best to leave her alone. As you all know this never works and they find themselves together a lot and end up sharing some other hot kisses and a few other touchy feely things ;-)
Other some hot glances and avoiding each other, she realises shes in love with him and sets out to win him. Ending up in her seducing him....tbh the way she was, a lot of men wouldnt be able to turn it down. He then grudgingly proposes to her. He does love her also but he cannot offer her anything because of the situation he is in and knowing that Jamie still plans on proposing he sets out to drive her away. Which works. She goes home heartbroken when her father than explains whats going on and Alex's part in it and she realises what he was doing. She then finds out the the plan thats in motion to kill Alex and she rushes off to tell him in order to save him. He is furious for her being there but being that they are mad for each other they cant keep their hands off each other. He tells her he cant offer anything cos he was likely to die blah blah blah.
And this is where I stop with the happenings of the book. To be honest the reasonings why Alex couldnt be with Meg really bugged me after a while. He was so stubborn at times it was infuriating.
Meg was just as bad at times, she kept following him and asking questions in front of others and in my head as I was reading I was going "shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!" as I didnt want anyone to find him out. She was a bit dense at times. Once she realised he was definately hiding anything she got a bit better but it didnt stop her from following him and seeking him out and it did get her in a bit of trouble with him. Altho I may have done the same as he was infuriating.
Alex was completely different in this book to how he was in the first book. In the first book he was more lighthearted, quick to smile etc whereas in this the years as a warrior have hardened him. There was a part of me that preferred him in the previous book, and what was never touched on in this, was the crush he had on Isabel in the first book. But even though there was that small part of me, I did really like him in this. Even when he was scowling and angry with Meg for one reason of another.
I probably would have marked this as 3 stars but what also made this story for me, was also the fight scenes. There was a lot more action in this book compared to the first one and I reckon I was born in the wrong era and the wrong country but I got a thing for fighting Scots men, someone literally fighting to protect me....i could swoon, its so manly lol
Again the author notes with the real life history was very interesting, and I definately choose the more romantic version whether its true or not :-)
Tbh a rating of 3.5 stars is more accurate for me. Not as good as the first book but still worth a read.(less)
3rd and last book in the McLeod clan trilogy and my favourite of them all.
In this we meet Flora (Rory and Alex's sister) and Lachlan Laird of the Macl...more3rd and last book in the McLeod clan trilogy and my favourite of them all.
In this we meet Flora (Rory and Alex's sister) and Lachlan Laird of the Maclean clan. Oh and Lachlan, sigh he was the best part to this book :)
Flora doesnt want to be used as a pawn by her family members to make a marriage they want her to make so she decides to elope with a Lowlander. On the way she is kidnapped by Lachlan and his men and held in one of his keeps.
He means to marry her himself and she is admanent it wont happen. Not that she knows thats what he wants to do, he makes a point of trying to "woo" her in order to gain her acceptance and her hand. He also needs her in order to get to his enemy who happens to be her brother. He has stolen his castle and he wants to get it back.
Anyway the inevitable happens they fall in love. Lachlan is terrified that Flora will find out the real reasoning behind why he took her and doesnt want to ruin what they have.
Throw in her horrible brother Hector, the feud Lachlan has with me, some more kidnapping attempts etc and this is a really good read.
Lachlan....well what can I say about him. He is hard and stubborn, but does admit to being wrong when he is and does try to change some of his ways in order to prove to Flora what she means to him. He isnt a flowers and roses type of guy, he says I love you and he really truly means it.
Flora...became really annoying at times. She was really stubborn and willful, these werent her faults. But she was full of prejudice because of the way her mother had been treated. She had the opinion that all Highlanders were barbarians and basically no way in hell would she marry any of them. And I found her infuriating at times the way she was towards Lachlan because of this. And when she found out his secrets, I can honestly understand being upset but she would not listen to anything he had to say and heard what she wanted to hear to prove to herself she was right all along. She also kept running away which always annoys me in all HR books.
I loved the beginning of this book...altho got a bit confused esp with the character name Elizabeth Campbell as thought it was the one mentioned in previous books, turns out it was just ancestor and a curse. Was interesting, I think it could have been expanded on more though.
I also loved the small reappearance of Rory (sigh!) but sorry to Rory but Lachlan overtook him in my affections...and if Flora doesnt want him I certainly would take him off her hands hehe
For me his character is what makes it my favourite book, there were feuds, fighting, curses and romance, what more could a girl ask for.