If you have read a Kate Pearce book before, you would know that her books tend to have a lot of erotic scenes. This book was slightly different from t...moreIf you have read a Kate Pearce book before, you would know that her books tend to have a lot of erotic scenes. This book was slightly different from the rest... but it still has the same structure and plot. The hero of this story, Gabriel Swanfield, is a rather complicated and tortured man with a lot of secrets while the heroine is also complicated due to her reputation and adventurous soul. The chemistry between the two starts out with a bang but because of Gabriel's intention to never wed a wife, it makes things a little bit difficult for Lisette. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this book much better than the previous ones. 4 out of 5 stars from me!
The Characters: We'll start out with Gabriel, The Earl of Swanfield. Like I've said before, his past is rather complicated, which literally makes him a tortured hero. A brief summary of what exactly happened is that while he was in the military, he ended up in a prison camp and eventually escaped from there. I find it rather unique that when he first meets Lisette, he falls hard for her without even realizing it. He thinks that it's all lust but unfortunately, we all know that he's falling in love. But even if their interactions with one another are explosive, things aren't what they always seem. Gabriel has a dark and sexual nature that he doesn't want anyone to know about, especially Lisette. While reading this book, I never realized the harm that the actions his father had left behind for Gabriel- which essentially causes a few misconceptions later on between him and Lisette.
Lisette Delornay-Ross is actually the daughter of Philip Ross and Madame Helene Delornay, the owner of the House of Pleasure. Remember Simply Shameless? Unlike other ladies of the ton, Lisette is rather... different. Even though Gabriel believes that she is a respectable lady, the things hidden from her outer-appearance may shock him. But even so, her character is vibrant, kindness, intelligence, and also very vulnerable as well. I feel in love with her character and situation with Gabriel because she always believed that she was second best. Not everything is perfect, especially love. Both Lisette and Gabriel have the same issue, regarding being vulnerable and alone, which is why they are a perfect match for one another!
The Romance: There were many heart-wrenching moments because even if Lisette may seemed like she's sexually experience, she is also still very young and childish in some ways. She falls in love with Gabriel but it is a very sad fact that he has not realized it until the end. The chemistry between these two was amazingly hot and I enjoyed it very much. Gabriel never intended to get a wife or child... but when he meets Lisette, everything changes. He wants her. And he wants her bad. It was almost as if he couldn't live without her-- something along those lines was what he said in the book. They had many misconceptions about one another later on in the book and it was sad to see Gabriel trying to change his marriage into a socially accepted one. Lisette never wanted that "perfect" marriage that Gabriel seems to think that she wants. All she wanted was to be married to him and only him. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end and he finally realizes that he has loved her all along.(less)
Okay seriously, if I read a book that makes me CRY by just reading in the prologue, it definitely deserves a freaken 5 stars. God! The prologue was so...moreOkay seriously, if I read a book that makes me CRY by just reading in the prologue, it definitely deserves a freaken 5 stars. God! The prologue was so bittersweet, sad, and just wonderful. Of course the H/H relationship was also bittersweet itself since the whole time, they both believed that they won't be able to have a future together.
Reading this book was pretty intense because it was just so... emotional. I love it! Marc Hunter, the hero in this book? He is such a sweet, vulnerable guy. A true man, that's what I'm talkin' about. ;) I think he really deserves the happy ending he got in the end with Sophia. It was really cute but kind of cheesy (oh well, fluff is always good!). The suspense was a roller coaster and I was so scared for all of the victims. But holy crap, the sex. That again, was pretty intense. It was scorching hot... especially that one scene near the fire place. *COUGHS* Enough of that but woah. I think this is my favorite so far out of the I-Team series. Definitely one great read!(less)
Boy, if you thought that Sarah Maclean's first book to this series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was amazing... then this book is going t...moreBoy, if you thought that Sarah Maclean's first book to this series, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was amazing... then this book is going to blow it straight out of the water. I've been anticipating Juliana and Simon's relationship ever since book one. Remember the scene where they met each other while Juliana was looking for a gift for her brother? Starting right there and then, that was their beginning! I had high expectations for this book because while I loved Callie's story with Gabriel, I did not like Nick and Isabel's. Sarah Maclean finally redeems herself in this installment and gives her dear characters and happily ever after that they all deserve.
The romance between these two was amazingly hot because of their dynamic chemistry that started from the very beginning. I loved every stolen moment and kiss between Simon and Juliana because while he often and so repeatedly say that he would never fall with her... sometimes, you can't control love at all. Juliana Fiori is described as a walking scandal, and in a way, she is. Simon Pearson happens to be the Duke of Disdain because he grew up believing that reputation is everything. Scandal is definitely something that he should stay far away from! But of course, what man could resist someone like Juliana? Even though I didn't shed as many tears when I read Callie's story, Juliana's story with Simon was a heartfelt and beautiful story of finding love from someone that you least expect it to be. I loved how Juliana tempted Simon in every way-- which makes it so much more enjoyable!
The ending was a perfect conclusion to a wonderful story and as a reader, I am proud to say that Sarah Maclean has done a wonderful job wrapping everything up and somehow... leaving some stories open. I really hope Benedick and Georgiana will be able to get their own HEA because they deserve so much. A BIG five stars for this lovely read that I'll never likely forget!!(less)
When Harry Met Molly, they both hated each other. They soon become friends, and from friends, into lovers. It was truly a sweet and wonderful read, se...moreWhen Harry Met Molly, they both hated each other. They soon become friends, and from friends, into lovers. It was truly a sweet and wonderful read, seeing as to how the two experience emotions for one another. Which is why Kieran Kramer has officially established a spot on my Top Debut Authors of the Year, riiight next Sarah Maclean! I absolutely adore Harry because I love seeing rakes like him, reform themselves. As for Molly, she was just an awesome heroine. I love how she is so witty, brave, funny, and kind-- perfectly compatible with Harry. This is definitely one book that I'll treasure on my shelf forever.
I saved this book to read last, after the three that I bought for Christmas, and I'm really glad that I did! It was the best one out of the three because it had a combination of comedy, romance, steam, and even heartbreaking moments. If you love Julia Quinn, then I say you should seriously consider this book! There's not much I could say that would express my feelings about this book because I'm just overwhelmed with feelings. The story starts off with a prologue that introduces the moment when everything just went wrong for Harry and Molly. Because of what she did, it eventually caused Harry to join the army and she, to go to a boarding school in Yorkshire instead of London. After that, Harry and Molly have been enemies for years; pulling silly pranks and bantering with one another at every chance they meet. How cute is that! The story truly begins when The Prince Regent decides to hold a competition for the Impossible Bachelors, which includes Harry, Lord Maxwell, Captain Arrow, Lumley, and Sir Richard. The bachelor with the 'Most Delectable Companion' will win a year free of hassles from debutantes and the likes.
Well, I'll just say that the romance was the most enjoyable aspect of the whole book! Molly reluctantly becomes Harry's mistress for a week after being abandoned by her... supposed fiance. It was a very amusing moment but enjoyable nonetheless. After that week, nothing will ever be the same between then again. I'm always a shoe-in for romances that has childhood enemies into lovers! But yeah, during that one week of being false lovers, Molly soon realizes that Harry is her one true love forever. Heartbreaking moments everywhere after that confession to herself, and mind you, the romance was very well played out. I think Kramer definitely has a talent for writing because of that. Plus, it was very sexy and sweet! Juuust like chocolate and cake... You'll know what I mean in the end. *wink*
To conclude, When Harry Met Molly is a book that will make you laugh at one moment, and cry the next. Truly, this was a delectable debut that will have romance readers eat it right up! I'll be looking forward to the other Impossible Bachelors' books, especially Lumley! He is so cute and adorable. A solid 5 stars for this amazing debut by Kieran Kramer!!(less)