The heroine of At Last Comes Love is Margaret Huxtable, an aging spinster of the type who gave up her youth in order to raise her suddenly orphaned fa...moreThe heroine of At Last Comes Love is Margaret Huxtable, an aging spinster of the type who gave up her youth in order to raise her suddenly orphaned family. Recently turned thirty, Margaret has decided to marry a friend. However, an old lover returns and throws Margaret's life into a bit of disarray and after she tells him that she's already betrothed, she finds that her friend is already betrothed. Uh oh. And thus Margaret meets our hero, Duncan Pennethorne, Earl of Sheringford. Duncan is in desperate need of a wife for his own reasons, namely that he will be cut off from his home and money until his grandfather dies.
The development of Margaret and Duncan's relationship is captivating. Duncan is almost unbearably honest, never making excuses for the mistakes he has made or the things he has done, and his charm lies in completely in that honesty. Margaret too is honest, but she is also stubborn and refuses to believe that Duncan is the terrible man the ton believes him to be. Their exchanges are never dull and while it is no surprise when Margaret agrees to be his bride, it is the journey that takes them there that I enjoyed so much.
I think that the story loses a little momentum once Margaret and Duncan have finally married. The last third of the book contains a number of plot points, but they are all covered rather quickly with not quite enough depth. The secondary plot is interesting, but I would have preferred to see more of the beginning of their relationship. Overall, the first portion of this story is so good that it carries the book all the way up to a five. (less)
I am a total sucker for matchmaking in Romance novels, so this book was a no-brainer for me, and overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the main charact...moreI am a total sucker for matchmaking in Romance novels, so this book was a no-brainer for me, and overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the main character, Chastity, and her two sisters. While I would have liked to see a little sisterly friction on the realism aspect, I was definitely jealous of how well they got along and all of their in-jokes. And I loved Chastity's wit and the way she played off of the people around her.
Douglas too is a great hero. Even while Chastity was struggling to decide whether or not she liked him I did. It was a nice to read about a hero who had actual goals and cared for people instead of laying around down nothing all day. Or going to his club. (Actually, this brings up my biggest quibble in that I went in expecting Regency romance, but instead The Wedding Game is set some time in the early nineteenth century. I had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around the time frame. Cars? Electricity? Surely not!) And while Douglas' goals might have been a bit mercenary, namely that of a rich wife, he was incredibly likeable.
My only other problems with the book were minor: first, the point of view changes were always a little abrupt and right in the middle of a paragraph. It was easy to get used to, but there were a few times where it jarred me out of the story enough to notice. And second, there was one really bad typo, and though I normally don't notice typos, this one was within two sentences. On the same page.
Overall, The Wedding Game is an enjoyable, quick read, and I'd definitely recommend it.(less)
I'm not actually sure why I read this book. It's not usually my cup of romance, but I needed something a little different and a book about shifters se...moreI'm not actually sure why I read this book. It's not usually my cup of romance, but I needed something a little different and a book about shifters seemed to do the trick. Overall, I didn't love this. The writing is a little clunky; I didn't really buy the way Dee-Ann (lol, seriously) was suddenly in love with Ric. I mean, I was a little in love with him, but she went from fuckbuddy-type feelings to marking him as her mate. Ric, on the other hand, sounded delish, though he was shallowly written.
For a quick read, this one did the trick, but I don't know that I'd recommend it as anything more.(less)
Closer to a 3.5 for me, this story didn't start getting really interesting until after the first art piece is stolen. I didn't love the heroine really...moreCloser to a 3.5 for me, this story didn't start getting really interesting until after the first art piece is stolen. I didn't love the heroine really, and the hero isn't as fleshed out as I'd liked. But it's still a Nora Roberts, and Nora is the queen of romance. (less)
It may be due to my increasingly spinster-like age, but it turns out that the aging and unweddable heroine is one of my favorite romance tropes. I rea...moreIt may be due to my increasingly spinster-like age, but it turns out that the aging and unweddable heroine is one of my favorite romance tropes. I read the blurb on the back and this book went into the basket without a second thought.
I had to put this one down at one point, and it took me a really long time to get back to it. I was afraid that a misunderstanding (or some devious actions by disapproving parents, however you'd like to put it) would destroy what Constance and Dominic had built -- a lovely relationship where both were free to be themselves. I think the fact that I was so distraught at the thought of something happening to keep these two apart shows how invested I was in their relationship. Constance is a great heroine, self-sacrificing and loyal even to those who do not deserve her loyalty, and Dominic is an endearing hero.
I also really enjoyed the villain, Lady Muriel. Immature and too quick to act, I liked the contrast she provided for Constance. Overall, The Marriage Wager is deeply enjoyable and I'm super excited to read about the people who made the wager!(less)
I don't know that Carlyle's books will ever be among my favorite romances, but they are solidly enjoyable. Her characters are likable and interesting....moreI don't know that Carlyle's books will ever be among my favorite romances, but they are solidly enjoyable. Her characters are likable and interesting. Set in the background of Tempted All Night is a murder mystery set at a brothel, and even more interesting than the characters is the way the sex scenes tie into the actual storyline.
Dutiful Lady Phaedra is meets Tristan Talbot, the heir to the Earl of Hauxton, after a Russian man falls dead at her feet. Asked by his father to look into the murder and the brothel where the man was employed, Tristan is immediately enthralled by Lady Phaedra. Unsurprisingly, Lady Phaedra returns the sentiment. Typical romance up to that point; however, secrets are being kept and both Tristan and Lady Phaedra are determined to get to the bottom of it.
I really enjoyed getting to know Carlyle's characters. Tristan is the perfect hero and Phaedra is strong and willful and basically, pretty awesome. (less)
I've tried reading this before and couldn't get past the first few chapters. The key this time may have been reading it in actual book form, and not e...moreI've tried reading this before and couldn't get past the first few chapters. The key this time may have been reading it in actual book form, and not e-book. Anyway, I didn't love this book. I actually don't really love any of Crusie's collaborations with Mayer. Something about the mix sort of decreases the Crusie feel of the books. The characters always seem a little less, as if the writers were spread a bit thin.
The hero and heroine in Wild Ride, oddly enough, do not end up together. There isn't a really solid love story, which actually is probably the reason I don't like the Mayer collabs. The romance always seems pasted on.
Overall, not bad, but definitely not my favorite. It may be time to reread a classic Crusie (Bet Me, my favorite!).(less)