This book was a bit disappointing. It started out really good, and for the first hundred and fifty pages, I was spellbound. Then it just kind of fellThis book was a bit disappointing. It started out really good, and for the first hundred and fifty pages, I was spellbound. Then it just kind of fell apart. The last half was super boring. There was stuff she could have done to make it interesting, but she didn't. There was no conflict, no drama, just "yay, we're happy, let's get married."
I have friends who are totally convinced Lisa Kleypas is the best romance writer of all time, but I beg to differ. She can write good books, yes, but she also writes a lot that just don't make it. Like most of this series....more
I was told by a good friend that this was the best romance book she'd ever read, and went into it expecting something out of the ordinary. I was veryI was told by a good friend that this was the best romance book she'd ever read, and went into it expecting something out of the ordinary. I was very disappointed. This was not a bad book, but it was to me a run-of-the-mill historical romance. I really didn't feel a connection between the main characters, even though they'd had four books to grow one. I also thought that a lot of the plot devices were hackneyed and banal, and found myself getting quite bored with the progression of this story. Guess my friend and I have vastly different taste in romance novels....more
He was everything she'd sworn to avoid. Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy
Description from back of book:
He was everything she'd sworn to avoid. Poppy Hathaway loves her unconventional family, though she longs for normalcy. Then fate leads her to a meeting with Harry Rutledge, an enigmatic hotel owner and inventor with wealth, power, and a dangerous hidden life, When their flirtation compromises her own reputation, Poppy shocks everyone by accepting his proposal - only to find that her new husband offers his passion, but not his trust.
And she was everything he needed...Harry was willing to do anything to win Poppy - except to open his heart. All his life, he has held the world at arm's length...but the sharp, beguiling Poppy demands to be his wife in every way that matters. Still, as desire grows between them, an enemy lurks in the shadows. Now if Harry wants to keep Poppy by his side, he must forge a true union of body and soul, once and for all...
I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely the best of the series so far. I really liked Harry - I love gruff, angry characters who are just covering up the poor, injured little boy inside, and that's exactly what he is. This book actually brought tears to my eyes at points, and made my heart clench. Most romance novels don't do that. Loved it.
**spoiler alert** Description from dust flap From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes a classical historical tale that sizzles with r**spoiler alert** Description from dust flap From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes a classical historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama. Reginald Mason is wealthy, reined, and by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family. Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.
Though Bernard wishes to use Annabell to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Bernard serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.
So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love - a story in which very little is as it seems.
My Comments This book was really cute! It was very short, so we didn't get the character development we usually do in Mary Balogh's books, but nonetheless, I really enjoyed it - especially the twist we discover at the end. I'm not sure I've ever read a romance novel with a twist at the end before. Very fun read....more
**spoiler alert** This book was really, really charming. That may sound like an odd way to describe a book portraying our 16th president as the countr**spoiler alert** This book was really, really charming. That may sound like an odd way to describe a book portraying our 16th president as the country's most successful vampire hunter, but it's the phrase that jumps most quickly to mind. This book, written in every way as if it were a true history, portrays the life of Abraham Lincoln from his early childhood in Kentucky through his assassination (and beyond...?). It is the story that any student of American history has been raised to know, with a few interesting...additions.
My only problem with this book, and the reason that it gets four stars instead of five, is that it is written TOO much like a history...and at times suffers from the dryness of that genre. Other than that, it is creative and fun, and the author is truly able to make a plausible story and make it completely possible that maybe the Civil War was a fight between vampire factions...