Olivia Gantry's husband of six months, Henry, has just died after an illness. Olivia married him for revenge--her mother encouraged her to do this andOlivia Gantry's husband of six months, Henry, has just died after an illness. Olivia married him for revenge--her mother encouraged her to do this and Olivia believes he wronged her mother and father. Also, the marriage would help her ailing mother. It seems Henry married Olivia for other reasons too. He knew he was dying and wanted to make sure his son, Alex, wouldn't get his hands on the money or his wealthy corporation. Henry had been estranged from his son, Alex, and disowned him years ago. Alex has been living in Africa for many years and has just returned home. At first Olivia doesn't like or trust him. But after she starts to get to know Alex better she discovers things in the past aren't the way they seemed to be.
This was an enjoyable romance by Anne Mather. It had an interesting (but sometimes far-fetched) storyline, a good main couple, and lots of secrets/revelations from the past. Great fun read!...more
Anna Cameron is engaged to Douglas and is happily planning her upcoming wedding. One night, after a party, Anna is in a car accident and is hospitalizAnna Cameron is engaged to Douglas and is happily planning her upcoming wedding. One night, after a party, Anna is in a car accident and is hospitalized. Days later, while she is recuperating at Douglas's home, she overhears, by accident, that when she banged her head in the crash she could have gone blind. She then starts having suspicions that Douglas and his family didn't want the marriage if she did go blind. Anna decides she needs some time on her own, to take a break from work and relax, so she goes to her cottage on St. Morag's island. Her grandmother left her the cottage when she died. Anna used to love visiting her grandmother there and hasn't been back to the island since her grandmother's death.
When she arrives, she finds the island is deserted over the winter months, and the only other person on the island is Paul Peralta, a writer who is staying for a while. Eventually friendship, then romance grows between Anna and Paul.
This was a sweet romance. I enjoyed the bleak island setting, lots of stormy seas, waves crashing against shores, fog, cliffs. Paul was a good hero. An enjoyable vintage Harlequin Romance.
Toby Wells, from St. Louis, Missouri, arrives at an audition run by the Sedaine Sheet Music Company. They are looking for new talent. So she eagerly aToby Wells, from St. Louis, Missouri, arrives at an audition run by the Sedaine Sheet Music Company. They are looking for new talent. So she eagerly arrives, with her songs in her portfolio, and auditions, but the man in charge, Michael Sedaine, tells her he is looking for something different. After he hires another person, Caleb, a piano player who plays ragtime music, she finds she can help them out by transcribing Caleb's music to paper. Toby is then offered a job in New York--being in charge of song revisions, negotiating contracts, and interviewing people. She gladly accepts. For years, since her mother died, she has been taking care of her large family and finally wants to break away and do something for herself.
After she arrives in New York she meets up with some new friends, and through a series of events, actually gets to be one of the headliners at Michael's new vaudeville house--The Pantheon Theater. Toby was a lively heroine. She was very strong, outspoken, and independent. Michael had been unhappily married years ago (his wife died) and he had two young children, Paul and Suzanne. I liked how Toby showed Michael how he was neglecting his children with his work and tried to bring them closer together. There was also some added tension between Michael and Toby--Michael wants to marry her for practical reasons (since his first marriage ended badly), Toby is holding out for love. I also liked the secondary characters--Caleb, who Michael first hired in St. Louis, and Chantelle, Caleb's girlfriend, who was a costume designer.
I enjoyed this book. I really liked the storyline (set around 1898), with songwriters, music halls, ragtime, and vaudeville....more
Art dealer Courtney Hughes goes to Rockhurst, a gloomy old mansion, for a month to evaluate a large art collection for a sale. The deceased, Jacob PadArt dealer Courtney Hughes goes to Rockhurst, a gloomy old mansion, for a month to evaluate a large art collection for a sale. The deceased, Jacob Padgett, left his heirs a fortune in art treasures. When Courtney arrives at Rockhurst she meets Aaron Padgett, the moody and handsome grandson, and Daniel Padgett, the friendly grandnephew. While she is there cataloging the collection she hears a rumor from the staff and family that old Jacob believed one item he possessed increased tremendously in value over the years. But no one knew what that item was. When Courtney starts looking for answers she also finds herself in danger. Is someone trying to kill her? Could Aaron be involved? What is the item/treasure?
I really enjoyed this old Harlequin Gothic. It was a fun read with a likable heroine and hero, interesting secondary characters, some suspense, and an old mansion....more
Misty Carver, professionally known as Mystique, plays piano at a posh hotel in New York City. One night she meets the handsome hotel owner, Lucas StuyMisty Carver, professionally known as Mystique, plays piano at a posh hotel in New York City. One night she meets the handsome hotel owner, Lucas Stuyvesant Harrison. In the days that follow, Misty finds out Lucas has been coming to watch her play piano every night, sitting in the back of the room. Lucas eventually asks her out and sends her gifts.
Lucas was a possessive hero and was obviously crazy about the heroine. Misty rejected his advances at first. She already had two bad relationships and didn’t want to get involved again. But he started winning her over by helping her friends, sisters, etc.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, but the second half dragged, had less tension/angst, and was a bit bland. I did like the New York City locations, (like when they went skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center). This was an okay read....more
Five hundred years ago Marius Drakon (from Romania) and his family were cursed by a witch that made them gargoyles (they are stone in the daytime, a wFive hundred years ago Marius Drakon (from Romania) and his family were cursed by a witch that made them gargoyles (they are stone in the daytime, a winged creature at night). This was done by the witch to avenge her cousin's death. The only way to break the curse is to kill the descendant of the witch---the heroine Alexandra Barret. So Marius volunteers to go to New York City to find her, and kill her. (He is only able to move about freely as a human in the daytime during the Spring Equinox, for 29 days, without turning to stone. Though he is still turning into a winged creature at night---very tall with wings, horns, fangs!) He moves into her apartment building, next door to her, and starts to get to know her, and discovers he can't kill her. He finds her innocent and sweet and he is falling for her. Marius desperately tries finding other ways to break the curse but he only has 29 days to do it and time is running out!
Wow, I really enjoyed this book! I loved the action and the romance. I've never read a story with a hero that was a gargoyle before. I liked Marius, he was caring and sexy. I liked Alexandra. She had some psychic ability, and she was trying to help locate a lost girl who was kidnapped. This was a really good, sexy, and exciting read!...more
Zohra Naasar (from Siyaad) is being pressured by her father to marry Prince Ayaan Sharif (from Dahaar). She is very against this marriage because sheZohra Naasar (from Siyaad) is being pressured by her father to marry Prince Ayaan Sharif (from Dahaar). She is very against this marriage because she doesn't see herself as a future Queen and isn't interested in that life, but her father insists the marriage will benefit both their countries. Ayaan doesn't want the marriage either but he will do it out of duty for his country.
I thought Zohra and Ayaan made a great couple. Ayaan is known as the Mad Prince. Five years ago he had been pronounced dead---he and his older brother and sister were victims of a brutal terrorist attack. Ayaan is eventually found alive, roaming in the desert, mentally ill, violent, and incoherent, and sent by his father to live in a castle in the Alps for five years. Now he has come home, and is getting better, but he is still tormented by bad dreams.
Zohra is a headstrong, outspoken, and feisty heroine. She loves her half-brother and half-sister and that is the reason she is going through with the marriage.
I enjoyed this book, though it was slow at times. Zohra and Ayaan had great chemistry. I laughed at the part when Zohra had to cook the traditional desert for the family, and I loved the exotic backdrop/surroundings....more