This is my first book by Judith McNaught, and I was not disappointed. A little confused, and a lot frustrated, but not disappointed. I was frustratedThis is my first book by Judith McNaught, and I was not disappointed. A little confused, and a lot frustrated, but not disappointed. I was frustrated because I just wanted to KNOW what was going to happen. I've never been like that before, so I'm not sure what it means, but I'll certainly be reading more of her books. I hated Royce in the beginning. But my oh my, at the end of the book, I'm not sure I've ever had a better hero. I liked Jennifer too, I loved her courage and her spirit. I think that her inability to open up and talk to him was a big problem, but it was totally understandable. I didn't blame her. This was one of those 'Big Misunderstanding' books, and usually I get bored or annoyed because the Big Misunderstanding is just too big of a misunderstanding. But the author wrote it out amazingly, giving no doubts as to why the misunderstanding couldn't be corrected simply. I laughed out loud a few times, and teared up too. The only reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars is because I was frustrated and impatient with it, and I don't understand where that's coming from. I'll definitely be rereading this, and reading more from JM though....more
I've read almost all of Catherine Coulter's contemporary romance novels, and I loved all of them. I read this book as a March Challenge book. I enjoyeI've read almost all of Catherine Coulter's contemporary romance novels, and I loved all of them. I read this book as a March Challenge book. I enjoyed it well enough, although I had to put it down after the first like 3 chapters. The book was really intense, and there are a few things that most readers wouldn't enjoy reading. Catherine is really an amazing writer, so I'm going to try to read another one of her historicals, and see how they work out. But if you're someone who can handle all of the medieval-ness, and generally enjoy historicals and Coulter's books, you should read....more
I really enjoyed this book. It was intense, emotional and made me cry a few times. The way Ian is, the things he says, like "I wouldn't expect love frI really enjoyed this book. It was intense, emotional and made me cry a few times. The way Ian is, the things he says, like "I wouldn't expect love from you. I can't love you back" is so heartbreaking. I found myself crying often. There were some things I didn't enjoy, the 'bawdy talk' was a little too bawdy for my taste in a book. It broke my heart that he couldn't look anyone in the eyes, the way he was inadvertently treated by his family, his horrible father and what he'd faced in the asylum was all heart-wrenching. I found Beth a very strong character, I was happy that she was no swooning, simpering miss, but this is the first book I've read where a widow actually misses her deceased husband and enjoyed her time with him. I also felt that, despite all the strife in her life, she did have uncommonly good luck. I know she suffered, and I know that luck is what got her through, that, and not giving up, always pushing forward, but I felt that even though the author mentioned some of this, she should have delved a little deeper into Beth's past. Although most of this story is told from Beth's' point of view, the book is strangely centered on Ian. I really did love this story, and I'll definitely be reading it again, although I'm not sure it's going to become a 'comfort read.' It might though. All in all, it was a beautiful book, and the author laid out some good groundwork for further novels with the characters here. I would have given this book a five but there's just something I can't quite put my finger on that's stopping me....more
It’s every young girls dream to get married to a powerful, wealthy laird, is it not? Well, sure, for many it is. But when your darling groom to be is rapidly approaching 80, has teeth made of porcelain and is a bit hunched in the back, it’s not quite the dream come true.
Emmaline Marlowe has to marry someone rich to keep her family out of the poor house. With her third and final season in London coming to a close with no suitors beating down her papa’s door, the whole family is ecstatic when the Earl of Hepburn picks her as his third bride.
In comes dashing Jamie Sinclair, with a chip on his shoulder and revenge in his heart. The Hepburn’s and the Sinclair’s have been feuding for so, so long. But Jamie has sworn to avenge past injustices, and this time it’s personal. He steals poor, bewildered Emmaline away, willing to give her back once the ransom is returned. Obviously, things go wrong. How can he give her back, when she deserves far, far better than the Earl? Better than Jamie himself? And most appalling of all, to Emma, at least, is she’s beginning to realize she doesn't even want to be returned.
The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros was an interesting read for me. This is my first read by her, and although I noticed and appreciated how she did certain things differently, there were a few other things I could have done without.
These Highlanders are different from the Highlanders I’ve gotten accustomed to. I would have thought they were Lowlanders, they were so different. The story felt short to me, as if there just wasn’t enough of anything but she still put it all together. The romance, while sweet and lighthearted, didn’t give the oh my gosh, this is love vibe. The romance, the furor, the passion was lukewarm to me. No real action to speak of, except someone gets shot and they are promptly taken out of range and cared for. Oh, and we have the ever present fever that strikes.
If you want a story to breeze the time away, and aren’t too particular about your Highlanders, and don’t much mind tepid romance, go ahead and pick it up. I’ve read so many books that have the same story line, and I expected TS to take one aspect of the story line and change it, make it unique, but unfortunately, she did not. TS seems to be a promising author though, so I’m not writing her off yet. I’m thinking about trying another of her historicals, such as Some Like It Wicked or Nobody's Darling and I’m very interested in trying her contemporary, Goodnight Tweetheart. But I will NOT be reading The Devil Wears Plaid again.