I would give this a few more stars if I could! It was refreshingly different from anything I have read in a while. This book made me laugh, made me...more I would give this a few more stars if I could! It was refreshingly different from anything I have read in a while. This book made me laugh, made me cry and everything in between. The characters in this story were just wonderfully fleshed out that there was no hesitation in getting involved in the story. Sophia was in big trouble, her heinous father ( I mean he was truly evil!!) was searching for her after she fled his home. He had whipped her and almost killed her after she fought off the man he sent in to rape her to get her pregnant. With help from her trusted solicitor and a family friend, he gets a housekeeping job at Wil, Lord Devon's estate. Wil becomes obsessed with her ( but in a good, loving, adorable way)and the things he does to protect her... sigh... This one is going on my second read worthy shelf!
This little bit sums up Wil nicely:
Even now she could not muster much angst toward Lord Devon. She had experienced twenty-and-four kisses in her lifetime stolen by gentlemen, bohemians, even royalty from all the continental nations, men who could not kiss without trying to maul her. But number twenty-five — Wilhelm — had set her aside despite his obvious arousal. Rather chivalrous, in a way. (less)
It looks like it's going to be another great series by Lorraine Heath. The story was a bit dark and also a bit predictable, but still a great read,...more It looks like it's going to be another great series by Lorraine Heath. The story was a bit dark and also a bit predictable, but still a great read, bonus points if you love scarred and tormented hero's. Of the 3 brothers that this series will revolve around, Sebastian, the hero for this book, is scarred by far the worst. The heroine in this story, Mary, was his childhood friend and she had saved the 3 brothers from certain death by their uncles hands. They felt they had no choice but to separate and run away for 10 years. When they do make their way back after 12 years, it is obvious they have had a horrible time of it. They crash the uncles ball by force and announce who they are. Mary is there with her fiance' and is the one who stands up and states that they ARE who they say they are. Of course there is a strong attraction between Sebastian and Mary, but of course he feels he looks like a monster and even though he is a rich Duke, she deserves more. ... yadda yadda, you know the rest :) I am very interested to read the next two stories, just to see the details of how the other brothers lived while they were separated. (less)
3 1/2 stars. The characters were all well written, and I loved the hero, Ash. I felt his pain over his feelings about his dyslexia. That part was ver...more 3 1/2 stars. The characters were all well written, and I loved the hero, Ash. I felt his pain over his feelings about his dyslexia. That part was very well written, having a close family member with the same degree of dyslexia, I know that the self esteem issues related to this can be devastating. Although I don't know how the author plans to have Ash do all his dukely duties without letting the whole Parliament or whomever, know about his inability to read. The biggest problem I had with the story was they spent way too much time at Parford Manor. Truly, I was going stir crazy there. Even when Ash left for a week in London, we did not go with him. We were stuck at the manor with Margaret. The rest of the series looks like it will be more interesting than this one. I will continue on. (less)
A surprisingly delightful story that starts the prologue 20 years prior to the main story. We see Lady Chilton, Simone, packing up her three small ch...more A surprisingly delightful story that starts the prologue 20 years prior to the main story. We see Lady Chilton, Simone, packing up her three small children along with a locket for each of her daughters and for her son, the family ring of the Earls of Exmoor which belongs to the children's father. Simone's plan is to bring the children to her trusted un-named friend so she can get them safely out of Paris in the middle of the Revolution.
We meet Alexandra Ward, a wealthy American who runs the family Tea business, who arrives from America to London on business. She forced Sebastian, Lord Thorpe's man of business to bring her to his house so she can meet him and ogle his artifacts from India. Sparks fly between the two and he invites her to a ball. There she meets the Countess of Exmoor, who when she saw Alexandra, exclaimed "Simone" then dropped into a faint. From there, we find that the Countess believes that Alexandria might be her Granddaughter even though they all believed the children died in the Paris mobs. This leads to many attempts at Alexanders life as well as her "mothers". Her "mother" meanwhile is suffering from some type of mental illness, dementia or something and is talking of strange things. The Countess' daughter convinces Lord Thorpe that Alexandra is a fake who is out to cheat the countess from her money. He is trying to ignore the intense feelings he is developing for our h, and it all becomes quite intense when she is kidnapped and taken to a brothel. Whenever Alexandra and Sebastian Thorpe are together, it can get quite steamy and the passion between them is quite intense. I don't want to spoil the story, so I will refrain from giving away any more of the plot. I will say this story was quite different from the hundreds of historical romances I have read and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. (less)
Judd Lauren ... Yum ... need I say more? This series just keeps getting better and better. What I love about it, the characters in previous books ar...more Judd Lauren ... Yum ... need I say more? This series just keeps getting better and better. What I love about it, the characters in previous books are still involved so its like a mini epilogue for them. After reading this one, I am still anxious to get to Hawke's book, Kiss of Snow He just gets more and more intriguing! What a build up for him! (less)
This is my first read from this author and it certainly will not be my last! I found out this book follows Marrying Stone after I was more than half...more This is my first read from this author and it certainly will not be my last! I found out this book follows Marrying Stone after I was more than half way through. It did not matter at all, thankfully the author manages to keep out all the back-story of the previous book so Simple Jess can be read as a stand alone. Althea is a young widow with a small son. Her mother-in-law and the "Granny" of the mountain community are pressuring her to re-marry. She has a farm that is envied and 4 of the best hunting dogs and they feel this is all going to waste. The MIL, wants her to marry within her family to keep the farm within her family. She did not have a happy marriage and was abandoned by her father when he remarried. She gets a lot of flack from everyone on how she should be raising her son. Althea just wants to be left alone to raise her son in her own way without a husband trying to control her. I absolutely LOVED Jess! He is called Simple Jess by the Ozark mountain community where he lives, made up primarily of two families. Real mountain folks in every sense of the word. He is simple minded due to a birth defect caused by the cord being wrapped too tightly at birth. He is slow, but he is just sweet and wonderful! The community treats him as if he has no feelings at all, but he does, lots of feelings and thoughts. He just does not have a mean or spiteful bone in his body, he is honest to a fault. He finds out Althea is going to be selling her hunting dogs, and he wants one very badly. There are three goals he has 1. To own a hunting dog. 2. to own a gun. 3. to have a woman. They strike up a deal, he can have all of the dogs if he helps her to prepare for the winter. After getting to know both Jess and Althea, you really want to see them together. There is a first kiss, initiated by Jesse, and you just want to sigh and cry at the same time. After a town get together, they force Althea by way of a Kangaroo court to choose a husband. Her choices are laid out to her, Eben Baxley and Oather Phillips. She has 3 weeks, until Christmas to make up her mind. Without being historied to death, we get to know quite a few characters in this story and even come to care for and understand the antagonists. This one is going in my re-read pile!! (less)
This was one dark and angst read.. Gorgeous Hollywood actor, who is a recovering alcoholic, ex-con meets Alyson, tabloid writer. She leads him to beli...moreThis was one dark and angst read.. Gorgeous Hollywood actor, who is a recovering alcoholic, ex-con meets Alyson, tabloid writer. She leads him to believe that she is there to write is autobiography. This man has one troubled tortured past, starting from when he was 8-9 years old. I could not put this book down and it took me a while to figure out who the bad guy was. This book will go on my reread stack! (less)
Lord Braven (Brave)saves Rachel Ashton's life when he finds her struggling for her life in the river on his property. He had 2 years prior, been in lo...moreLord Braven (Brave)saves Rachel Ashton's life when he finds her struggling for her life in the river on his property. He had 2 years prior, been in love with Miranda, his friends sister, and she had committed suicide by drowning herself. He thinks if he saves Rachel, he will redeem himself for not being able to save Miranda. Brave is a very noble man who lives with much angst and guilt. Rachel is a brave woman who lives with her abused mom and abusive stepfather. She tells Brave that her stepfather is trying to force her into a marriage of his choosing. The man he is making her marry is a 50 year old disgusting pervert. Brave of course does all he can to save her, as he is instantly attracted to her and this is the first time in 2 years that he feels good about anything. I like this book as it wasn't filled with all the fluff and nonsense you usually find in historical romances. The book also touches on mental illness as Brave was so depressed for the 2 years prior, that his family and friends had convinced him to be treated by a Dr that "treats the mind" (less)
The story itself was entertaining, a little angsty, but something was missing. Gideon's problems were resolved too quickly to be believable....more3.5 stars
The story itself was entertaining, a little angsty, but something was missing. Gideon's problems were resolved too quickly to be believable. He was horribly tortured and had an understandable deep aversion to being touched. I find it odd that as horribly tortured that he was, why there were no scars at all on his face. I am OK with that :) just makes the story less believable. Didn't they pull teeth back in the days of torture? eh, what do I know? But even with all that, I did love Gideon, he was the whole redeeming factor for the whole story. Charis the heroine in this story was just so 2 dimensional. I can't say I liked her or didn't like her. She was just there. (less)
Another keeper by Linda Howard. This book just swept me away between the great murder/suspense plot and the hotter than Hades romance between Jaine B...more Another keeper by Linda Howard. This book just swept me away between the great murder/suspense plot and the hotter than Hades romance between Jaine Bright and her swoon worthy neighbor Sam Donovan. (less)
Well this series did not start out great for me. I felt that Someone to Watch Over Me was pretty good, but not up to what I expect from Kleypas, and...more Well this series did not start out great for me. I felt that Someone to Watch Over Me was pretty good, but not up to what I expect from Kleypas, and that Lady Sophia's Lover was below average. BUT this book totally redeemed the series for me! ~swoon~ Nick ~swoon~ what can I say, he is my new, top Kleypas man. ~sigh~ Lottie was just O.K. ( Nick could have done better.. hah hah ) I did not realize that this series was written before The Wallflowers and Hathaways. I was taken aback when the H/h were at Marcus, Lord Westcliff's estate and he was single. Not only THAT but he offered marriage to our heroine, Lottie! Now I want to re-read both Wallflowers and Hathaways to see if Nick, Viscount John Sydney made any appearances in them. (less)