Devlin Kimball has spent 12 years grieving for his family and is finally coming Review originally published at BookThing! (Reviewed by Tracey Risebrow)
Devlin Kimball has spent 12 years grieving for his family and is finally coming close to what happened that fateful night, ensuring he can have his revenge on the ones responsible. His only relative left - the Dowager Viscountess Strathmore faithfully pays his bills thinking he is gambling his life away.
Lizzie Carlisle is companion to the aforementioned Dowager Viscountess and is nursing a broken heart, choosing to hide herself away in the country. When his aunt dies, Devlin and Lizzie are unexpectedly thrown together – can Devlin carry on with his need for revenge while ensuring Lizzie is not pulled into the dark side?
Wow, oh Wow, this book is amazing! There is so much going on right from page one that I was completely sucked in. The different facets of the plot move along at speed as we go from one to the other and back again. The murder mystery aspect is brilliant – we know who the guilty parties are right from the prologue but knowing when, how or even if they will get their comeuppance is something we are kept guessing with right until the end. I really cannot say enough how quickly and easily I was drawn into the story, it completely captivated me.
I love the description Ms. Foley puts into her books and this one is no exception, it was as easy to picture the characters and their interactions as if I was watching it myself. I loved all the characters in this book including the secondary ones – well except for the dastardly evil bad guys of course! But they too were very well written and easy to hate!
The romantic element was good and I totally fell in love with Devlin, I wanted to make him all better myself.
This is number five in the Knight Miscellany series and while I have not read any of the previous books it did not really matter. There is some follow on and I guess the preceding book has been slightly spoiled for me by what was mentioned here but it will not stop me reading it and all the others before that one too.
This is probably one of the best historical romances I have read. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would! While I love romance I think the addition of such a strong suspense plot is what made this extra enjoyable....more
Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, finds himself besieged by all the mamas of Review originally published at BookThing! (Reviewed by Tracey Risebrow)
Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, finds himself besieged by all the mamas of the ton looking for a suitable husband for their darling daughters. Frustrated with the relentless pursuit, he has vowed he will never marry.
Daphne Bridgerton has had two seasons in London but is holding out for a husband she has at least some affection for. Her mother is determined to push every eligible bachelor her way and the balls are becoming one nightmare after another.
Simon is an old friend of her overprotective brothers and after meeting, Simon and Daphne hatch a plot to avoid their perpetual nightmare. They pretend to be courting for the season ensuring her mother is happy and his matchmaking mothers look elsewhere.
All seems to be going well until their desire for each other gets out of control and the situation moves to pistols at dawn!
This book was really enjoyable and had some very humorous moments. I particularly enjoyed Daphne receiving the ‘talk’ from her mother – oh how things were different in those days! I also experienced sadness at times, especially as Quinn describes Simon’s childhood experiences. In fact Julia’s writing made me feel all sorts of different emotions, exactly what I want from a good story.
Unlike several similar books there was not as much focus on society, the ways of 19th century England and the rituals of the ton. Julia focused very much on the Bridgerton family and the relationship between Simon and Daphne which was definitely good enough to keep the story flowing nicely. I love Daphne’s mother, and the behaviour of her youngest brother and sister had me giggling to myself at times.
This is not, by any means, a sickly sweet romance despite the focus being primarily on Simon and Daphne and I am very excited to have discovered a new series which has enough brothers and sisters (thus books!) to keep me going for a while....more
A usual day in the Burg for Stephanie Plum, finding a body in Morelli’s basement, taking care of the teenager of a missing woman who seems to be conne A usual day in the Burg for Stephanie Plum, finding a body in Morelli’s basement, taking care of the teenager of a missing woman who seems to be connected with the body and then there is the missing nine million dollars who everyone wants to find. Only everyone thinks it’s buried somewhere on Morelli’s property and wants to find it… including Grandma Mazur. Throw in working for Ranger on a security detail for an ageing singer, Stephanie is up to her eyeballs in trouble and the eye twitch is out in full force.
I’m not sure if this book was better than they have been recently or if having a bit of a break from the series and reading other stuff allowed the magic to return. Either way, it was a really good read with all the usual suspects leading to a funny, frantic story with all of Stephanie’s charm and haplessness in full force. Joe and Ranger were as macho and funny as ever and I love their interactions, even by proxy through Stephanie. Although Ranger didn’t feature that much, he was his usual hot self when he was around. Joe just had me laughing at every turn, as he deals with the fallout of the missing money rumours, Stephanie’s ability to find corpses and also her working with Ranger. I think if his blood pressure goes up any more, he might pop!
I don’t know how Janet Evanovich comes up with all the situations she gets Stephanie into but they are hysterical. The blue dye moment was just inspired and had me laughing every time it came up. I also can’t wait to see where Lula’s cornering of Tank takes them, definitely an explosion waiting to happen.
Fearless Fourteen is a great addition to the series and highly recommended if you want to head back to the Burg and Stephanie Plum.