I've always had a soft spot for Cinderella-esque types of stories and Meredith Duran's latest installment is just that! We have our heroine from the EI've always had a soft spot for Cinderella-esque types of stories and Meredith Duran's latest installment is just that! We have our heroine from the East End of London, Nell, and our hero who is a peer from the ton, Simon. You ask how they're supposed to be connected to each other? Well, Nell hapens to be the lost/missing daughter of Lord Rushden, Lady Cornelia. And Simon happens to be their heir to Rushden's title... What a small world huh! The story starts out pretty slow, but it soon picks up when Nell's "fake" mother dies and she decides to go for revenge against Rushden. Little did she know that her father had already passed away and the current Lord Rushden is actually Simon.
I absolutely love this book and the characters that are in it! Simon and Nell are perfect for one another and their chemistry was just wonderful. Nell was extremely wary of Simon in the beginning and believed that he was crazy! There was plot, romance, a pretty nasty villain, and last but not least, and very satisfying conclusion to it all! What more can you want? Simon and Nell's relationship was very real and there was no doubt that they both really love one another. I hated the villain but thankfully, he got the ending that he deserved. Overall, this book is definitely a keeper and if you're ever in the lookout for a mistaken identity, Cinderella type of book where a poor girl meets an earl kind of book.... than this is the one for you. 5/5 stars!...more
We all have come to know and love the classic story called, Beauty and the Beast. But in Eloisa James' version of it, there is much more to it than yoWe all have come to know and love the classic story called, Beauty and the Beast. But in Eloisa James' version of it, there is much more to it than you can ever imagine. It's a story about finding true love, regardless of outer-beauty, how society looks at you, and even if you have disabilities. You would think that Piers, the Earl of Marchant- who is the hero of the story, the Beast right? While Linnet, the heroine of the story, Beauty. But that is not necessarily the case.... and that is what makes this book such a wonderful keeper! Towards the end, everything takes a turn-- either for the bad or good, I won't say. But it was very heart-breaking and bittersweet that I cried so much for the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classic fairytale stories, bittersweet endings, and heroine with a backbone, witty characteristics, and a sarcastic bad-tempered hero who is much more than meets the eye.
The Characters: Piers Yelverton, the Earl of Marchant is no other but the hero of the story. In the beginning, you don't exactly get a good impression of him because he always yells and bickers at everybody (with a hint of sarcasm in it). But inside, he is definitely capable of love and so he falls deeply and heart-breakingly for Linnet towards the end, and she the same. Everyone is afraid of him so of course, he gets an infamous reputation for being a beast because of his horrible temper. He believes that no one would ever want to marry him, due to that fact that he is a cripple. His father, the Duke of Windebank tries desperately to find his son a wife and there's a whole background story of what happened between them that caused Piers to hate him. Anyway, Piers ends up giving the duke a list of requirements stating that his future wife must be as beautiful as the moon and such... thinking that there's no way his father would even be able to find someone like that! And in comes our lovely heroine, Linnet.
Linnet Berry Thrynne's beauty is so beautiful, all the men fall in love with her. But regardless of that, she has a witty personality, she loves to talk back to Piers, very kind to patients, and she has plenty of sarcasm. At the beginning of the story, we find out that everyone in the ton believes that she is pregnant with Prince Augustus' child. It's really ridiculous but she isn't and so her aunt comes and tells her to fake that she's pregnant and have the Earl of Marchant marry her! The plan of course, fails because when Piers first meets Linnet, he knows right away that she isn't pregnant, so she lets go of the act and from then on, Piers gets intrigued by this lovely beauty with a sharp tongue and a brain to match! Apparently, she has a secret weapon that consists of smiling at anyone and they fall in love with her... but that doesn't work on Piers at all!
The Romance: One of the top most things that I love in any romance novel, is the relationship between the H/hr. It was attraction at first because Piers thought that Linnet was the most beautiful woman that he ever met, while Linnet was intrigued by Piers. I absolutely love how Piers didn't fall in love with Linnet because of her beauty, but rather her personality and sharp tongue. Linnet fell in love with Piers because she sees that he is also beautiful in his own way, plus the chemistry between them was explosive and sexy. There is though, one thing that broke my heart. Piers did not want to marry Linnet because he believes that she is too good for him and deserves someone better. But then again, when it comes to love, you can never control your feelings! I did mention that their romance was heart-breaking and bittersweet right? Well... towards the end, something tragic eventually happens and Linnet ends up being a victim of scarlet fever, after the heart-breaking scene where Piers tells her that their relationship was nothing and that he never intended to marry her. We all know that Piers loves Linnet but because he thinks she deserves someone better, he lets her go. Linnet almost dies due to scarlet fever, but Piers finds her and restores her back to health, with a cost... her beauty is gone and her hair as well. I'm not going to go in-depth in this part because it was my favorite scene in the entire book. You'll just have to read it to find out! Although, I will leave a quote just to tempt readers.
"I love you," he said, his voice catching. "When I thought you were going to die, I wanted to die."
One would think that after having your heart being ripped out from you (this is figuratively by the way) repeatedly, there would not be a single traceOne would think that after having your heart being ripped out from you (this is figuratively by the way) repeatedly, there would not be a single trace of love left inside any longer right? I admit that this book was brought to my attention by the numerous amount of negative reviews and its somewhat controversial plot. Yes, I did understand why Diccan did what he did... but I condemn him for the way he enacted it. My heart constantly broke for Grace because throughout their entire marrigage of convenience, Diccan never gave her the time of day whatsoever. And yet... she still tried so hard to please him and make their marriage a real one. Without realizing it, she ends up falling in love with the one man who can never love her for who she is.
Oh dear, this book tore my heart out into little pieces and placed it back all together again in the end. Never a Gentleman is definitely not to everyone's taste... but if you take a look deeper into Diccan's character, you'll realize that he is also hurting as well. From there, I think you can sort of justify his actions and see why he did what he did to protect Grace. But man, the infamous scene where Grace sees Diccan making love with his mistress was just so... sad, horrifying, and heartbreaking. As if his treatment to her at their manor wasn't enough! Sure, the author described Grace as this strong woman who can supposedly take on anything that is thrown her way. But really? Even the strongest people fall. Love tends to turn the bravest of hearts into cowards and ultimately, Grace became one of its victim.
One of the things that I'm actually glad Eileen Dreyer provided was that readers also get a sense of what was going on in Diccan's mind. While their marriage was one of convenience, he slowly starts falling in love with Grace and sees her for her true nature. It took a near-death experience for him to realize it though! Overall, I really love the whole premise of this book and its characters. I hated the Diccan in the beginning and ended up falling in love with him towards the end... that's really something, you know? The ending was absolutely beautiful because it was just the ending that Grace deserves! I am definitely looking forward to Kate's book with Henry, her childhood friend and supposed nemesis that she betrayed. I'm assuming that they had some sort of relationship before and something happened.
Anyway, great book that's full of heart, tears, and joy. You won't regret reading this book!...more
Courtney Milan has certainly done it again when it comes to her latest installment in the Turner series. Unclaimed is about love, betrayal, and ultimaCourtney Milan has certainly done it again when it comes to her latest installment in the Turner series. Unclaimed is about love, betrayal, and ultimately trust and committment in the end. Jessica Farleigh has decided to take up the task of seducing the perfect Sir Mark Turner in order to finally turn her life around and start anew. In fact, her story was truly heartbreaking to read... especially when she ends up falling in love with Mark and has to decide upon two choices: either to destroy Mark's reputation or desroy her own self. As for Mark, he is truly a her worthy of Jessica because of how much he loves her whole-heartedly and how he would anything at all for her. When it comes to love, even the best of men... or should I say women, would give up or do anythingat all in order to make their special someone happy.
The Characters: I vaguely remember Sir Mark Turner in the previous book, Unveiled, but in this book... he definitely makes a big impression of himself. For someone who is supposedly a virgin and a chaste being, he is very wicked in his own way. In the beginning of the book, I didn't exactly get a sense of his 'real' self because of how he often tries to please the public an whatnot. Inside that person is someone who has been scarred by his past and irrevocably changed forever. He has so much dept and I loved his reason as to why he stayed a virgin this long. (view spoiler)[It's simple. He's a romantic who is waiting for that special someone that sees him for himself. Someone to love and cherish and be loved in return. (hide spoiler)] It's no wonder why he's Margaret's (the previous heroine) favorite brother. ;)
Oh, Jessica Farleigh. That's not really her name, mind you. But still. She has so many layers and I loved how even though she set out trying to seduce Mark... she ended up being the one seduced. Like I've said before, her story is so tragic and heartbreaking; mainly because of the fact that she never wanted the life of a courtesan and was forced to be one instead. When she first set out to seduce Mark, she thought that it was going to be an easy trap. But boy, was she wrong. Mark likes her for herself, not the fake persona that she's trying to be. And the more she becomes herself and starts liking him while doing so... this certainly smells like trouble!
The Romance: One of the things that I loved most about this book was the dialogue and prose written by the one and only Courtney Milan. She's woven a truly wonderful tale full of flawed yet amazing characters. Neither of the main characters are perfect... and yet, I'd say you'll love them anyway. I'm somewhat disappointed in the lack of love scenes between the two, but the author definitely made it up by having plenty of steamy moments and sexual tension between the two. Not to mention that there were also a lot of sad moments between Mark and Jessica as well. I didn't like how even towards the end, Jessica kept shooting Mark down even though we all know that she loves him! Oh come on! Get with him already and get your happy ending! Thankfully, everything worked out in the end... and I got the perfect ending to a wonderful story.
I can't wait to read Smite's story next!! As readers, we sort of get an introduction to his story in Unclaimed... so I'm looking forward to it! Overall, 5/5 stars.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more