Not my style. I usually enjoy reading about the Roaring Twenties. The history of our country during the era fascinates me. The blending of the two his...moreNot my style. I usually enjoy reading about the Roaring Twenties. The history of our country during the era fascinates me. The blending of the two historicals (American Roaring Twenties and Victorian England) however did not.(less)
I read three-quarters of the way through this book, and then skimmed the balance. The heroine came "this close" to making the TSTL category.
Lysandra h...moreI read three-quarters of the way through this book, and then skimmed the balance. The heroine came "this close" to making the TSTL category.
Lysandra has ran out of employment options and feels the only thing left is becoming a mistress. The problem: She has no clue, none, zip, nada, zilch about what being a Mistress entails. Lysandra enlists the help of a powerful "courtesan" in her search for a "protector".
Lysandra's innocent act was stretched too thin at times. You would think a person entering prostitution would have some inkling as to what a client would expect. I found it hypocritical that she would gladly spread her legs for a total stranger, but when asked to do the same to help her mother (from a person she knows), she ran off in horror. Just saying.
I found Andrew more forgiving and the saving grace of this novel. Hell, after being celibate for years after the death of his wife and newborn son, he couldn't help himself. A stiff dick and all that.....(less)
It was hard to get through the first few chapters. Lady Ophelia was an absolute bitch! I knew Ms. Heath had her reasons for writing her leading lady a...moreIt was hard to get through the first few chapters. Lady Ophelia was an absolute bitch! I knew Ms. Heath had her reasons for writing her leading lady as such, so I kept on reading. After all, she hasn't let me down yet.
As I kept on reading, the plot was reminiscent of one of my favorite movies, OVERBOARD with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Goldie's a rich bitch who loses her memory. Hunky handy-man Kurt Russell saves the day when he says she's his "wife" and takes her home. This book has the same scenario, but with much darker secrets.
I can forgive Drake Darling with wanting to extract just a little bit of revenge and have Ophelia as his "housekeeper." After all, he was on the receiving end of her constant barbs. But when he realizes something sinister is at hand, keeping her safe is paramount.
And yes, Ms. Heath pulls another rabbit out of her hat! (less)
Don't let the cover or title fool you. Yes, it is set around Christmas time, but what I found is what I have come to expect from Ms. Jeffries. A good...moreDon't let the cover or title fool you. Yes, it is set around Christmas time, but what I found is what I have come to expect from Ms. Jeffries. A good solid story with impassioned characters. Even though this is considered #6 in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, it can be read as a standalone.(less)
I couldn't get past such a shrill heroine; whereas her friend Cass is a pushover. I'm sure the story is wonderful and the Duke a grand player in the g...moreI couldn't get past such a shrill heroine; whereas her friend Cass is a pushover. I'm sure the story is wonderful and the Duke a grand player in the game of cat and mouse. But this isn't one I plan to trudge through to the end. DNF.(less)
I picked this novella up because I was wanting to read a new author of erotic historical romance. This one just didn't quite make it. I would call it....moreI picked this novella up because I was wanting to read a new author of erotic historical romance. This one just didn't quite make it. I would call it....hot, sexy historical romance.
The story is in the first person: Caroline's tone is formal and dry, almost to the point of clinical. Even though there were plenty of times when Caroline dwells on being a widow and her departed husband: I didn't get the expected heartbreak the blurb alluded too. Caroline knows her place in the world and is contented to be alone and a widow.
Tom is the saving grace of IMPROPER PROPOSALS. He is the one who leads Caroline on her sexual awakening by having her write a book concerning marital relations. Although the tone of the story doesn't change, the language and sexual encounters between the two of them start to heat things up.
IMPROPER PROPOSALS is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone without any problems. I'm sure many of you will enjoy this story. I found it didn't have enough emotion for me.(less)
I can always depend on Ms. Heath to deliver well-developed characters along with a moving story.
It's time Grace settles down and marries, but with he...moreI can always depend on Ms. Heath to deliver well-developed characters along with a moving story.
It's time Grace settles down and marries, but with her large dowry, every suitor in town is knocking on her door. She enlists the help of her childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon, a known rake and rogue. He "reluctantly" agrees to help Grace find her one true love - the man who will truly love her and look beyond the riches accompanying the wedding bells.
Lovingdon is the typical rakish Duke suffering with his own inner devils. Grace is such a gem - she is no demure debutante - as Lovingdon soon discovers!
The story is one of lust and love; of discovery and acceptance.
(view spoiler)[What did the heroine think?!? This Caragh knew Styr wasn't going to leave his wife for her. Not unti...moreOh come on! TSTL heroine ahead.....
(view spoiler)[What did the heroine think?!? This Caragh knew Styr wasn't going to leave his wife for her. Not until Styr was sure his wife was safe and taken care of. Then he would make a decision. When all was said and done, Styr did return to Caragh and she spurned him. W-T-F!!!!! (hide spoiler)]
I don't believe I read the whole thing *shakinghead*
Once again, Ms. Jeffries has penned a spirited tale filled with vibrant characters.
Men were devils. Amazing, sweet devils who made a woman forget who
...moreOnce again, Ms. Jeffries has penned a spirited tale filled with vibrant characters.
Men were devils. Amazing, sweet devils who made a woman forget who she was.
There is one thing that I really enjoy about reading historical romance novels. It's the use of the slang and common language used during the day. I find it adds a touch of realism to the story and it makes me look up words I am not familiar with. Point in case: braquemard - for those of you tired of the same old member.
The spirited Lisette talks Cale, the Duke of Lyons, into accompanying her to Paris where they will search for their missing relatives. Like most of her plans though, she doesn't think them through. Fortunately, the Duke is one step ahead of her at all times. *sigh* Their journey into Paris as "everyday" husband and wife provide the backdrop for great storytelling.
Once back on the homefront everything changes when secrets are no longer kept.
FANTASTIC!!!! And to think, this is just the first book of The Duke's Men series!(less)
I think this one is the best yet of the Hell's Eight series! 5+ Stars!!! Ms. McCarty captures the essence of the Chinese culture (Fei) and mixes it wi...moreI think this one is the best yet of the Hell's Eight series! 5+ Stars!!! Ms. McCarty captures the essence of the Chinese culture (Fei) and mixes it with the racial prejudice (Shadow) of the day.
The Texas Ranger is rescued at the very last minute from the hangman's noose by a feisty gal needing a bodyguard. The only catch is - they have to get married! Shadow does his best to give Fei the freedom she so desperately yearns for, not knowing what that "freedom" actually brings. Beware petite women with dynamite - they can be a handful!
I was captivated from the first chapter. Fei and her "Dragon" will keep you just as entertained. One other note: You might find yourself re-reading a few passages. How did they do that? :) (less)
Juliana is jilted at the altar and when she flees to the chapel, she lands, well actually, sits on a drunken Elliot. In her embarrassment of being lef...moreJuliana is jilted at the altar and when she flees to the chapel, she lands, well actually, sits on a drunken Elliot. In her embarrassment of being left at the altar, she asks her childhood love to marry her.
Many have called Elliot mad due to the brutality he suffered during his imprisonment in India. It was his love of Juliana that kept him sane; that gave him the will to live. It is her love that helps to heal his heart and soul.
This story appealed to me in so many ways. Not only with Juliana and Elliot having to overcome what some may refer to as PTSD today, but also the discovery and Juliana's acceptance of what would be unheard of in the "ton". Also, the Indian servants of the family serve as a colorful addition along with old Mr. McGregor.
Elliot McBride may not be a Mackenzie, but THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOT McBRIDE is a fine addition to the series!(less)
Another fabulous edition to the Mackenzie saga! Although, I will admit I was hesitant about the continuation and flow of the entire story/series because of the skip in generation. However, once I started reading, the Mackenzie family felt as familiar as my worn, comfy robe.
Daniel Mackenzie follows along in the tradition of his father and Uncles. He has inherited all the best qualities from them: intelligent, rich playboy, loyal, devilishly handsome. He finally meets his match, when he's offered "Mademoiselle Bastien" as payment for a gambling debt.
Violet and her mother survive the only way they know how: Telling fortunes, holding seances, contacting deceased loved ones to soothe the hearts of the living. Daniel immediately sees through all her "smoke and mirrors", but doesn't blow her "con". He's intrigued by her machines and has to know more about this mysterious lady. Unfortunately, a kiss gone wrong sets off a panic in Violet. .........And she runs!
"I don't know anything about life. I only know how to run." Daniel reached his tanned an callused hands out to her. "Then grab hold of me and hang on. We're both scared about where this will end up, and when the hurting will come. If the hurting comes, it will be bad, I already know that. But hang on to me, and we'll find out together, all right?"
Yes, there's so much more, but I'm not going to spoil it! Let me say that Violet is a very strong character having survived a horrendous crime and violence against her, yet she learns to live, to love with the help of Daniel.
I especially enjoyed the exceptional storyline of Daniel and Violet's interest in the development of motorcars and engines. (It's not technical, but different from the usual offerings.) The inclusion of Cam, Mac, Ian (love, love, LOVE Ian!), Hart, their wives and children makes the story even more appealing as we see the family growing.
THE WICKED DEEDS OF DANIEL MACKENZIE is a gem of a tale. A steamy romance with two very strong leading characters, backed-up by a colorful supporting cast. Yes, this is why I read historical romance! (less)
Maddie O'Hare was born of a whore, raised in a whorehouse and became a whore while still a child. Whoring is all she knew - nothing else. However, she...moreMaddie O'Hare was born of a whore, raised in a whorehouse and became a whore while still a child. Whoring is all she knew - nothing else. However, she was rescued and brought to Hell's Eight where she's been living for sometime. Most think she is a bit crazy, and maybe she is. But that was Maddie's way of dealing with the unpleasantness of servicing clients and sometimes still serves a purpose - she mentally escapes to her imaginary place.
All Maddie ever wanted was for someone to love her. Really, truly love and want her. CADEN'S VOW is more about the blossoming and growth of Maddie than it is about Caden. She becomes her own women. It is a hard journey for her because she doesn't know what she want or how to get there. Caden doesn't help matters with his "I've got to prove myself," yet I never figured out exactly what that was.
The story gets much better towards the last third of the book. And Ace - much more about him in CADEN'S VOW.(less)
Lorraine Heath is becoming my most favorite author! This book is fabulous! Both Evelyn and Rafe were abandoned by people they loved; although it took...moreLorraine Heath is becoming my most favorite author! This book is fabulous! Both Evelyn and Rafe were abandoned by people they loved; although it took a greater toll on Rafe. As a small boy of only ten years old, he learned quickly how to survive the mean streets. Unfortunately, it also caused him to harden his heart and almost lose his soul.(less)