I just could not stop smiling reading this. I think I am still smiling. It is so wonderfully delightful without being cloying. I hate using these clicI just could not stop smiling reading this. I think I am still smiling. It is so wonderfully delightful without being cloying. I hate using these cliche words, but it was really charming. :) Like a fairy-tale for grownups.
Izzy is just the best kind of heroine. 26 and now alone in the world. Her father died and left her with nothing, even though he was famous for writing stories with Izzy being a big part in those stories. She is down to her last shillings and is being summoned to a Castle for some inheritance from a god father.
For some reason she ends up inheriting that bat infested Castle with one big problem. There is a Duke still there. Scarred and visually impaired, Ransom is stubborn and kind of like a wounded animal.
From the first meeting of the two, I could feel the sparks, the chemistry was off the charts.
She just blows into his dark ordered life like a sparkly charming whirlwind.
And the other characters are just to sweet. I don't want to say too much, its nicer to just read and experience. There is just such a sense of honor and romance throughout this book. Izzy never gave up on her dreams and she is just so lovable. And as gruffy and hurt as the Duke is, you just want him to have her.
This is the perfect romance novel to read when you need some smiles in your life. :)...more
Another great one in this series. I love these highlanders. Author calls it special ops in kilts. :)
The setting of the islands of scotland and to irelAnother great one in this series. I love these highlanders. Author calls it special ops in kilts. :)
The setting of the islands of scotland and to ireland is so well described. And a swimming highlander, who won't love that :).
What a interesting setting for highland novels.
The hero was just delish. A rogue that is loved by the lasses and is a huge flirt. He just loves all women and they love him. But he really never lets anyone near. Until the heroine. She unlike most, doesn't just fall at the altar that is his irresistible highness. To say he is baffled at that is an understatement. Well matched couple.
I also love the author notes at the end. The weaving of real accounts into a fictional story. I like reading those tidbits.
A hero Earl that solves cyrillic ciphers for the crown and he has a bit of a puzzle solving mind. So to him, his crazy attraction to the heroine is aA hero Earl that solves cyrillic ciphers for the crown and he has a bit of a puzzle solving mind. So to him, his crazy attraction to the heroine is a puzzle to be solved. Takes him a while to figure he has fallen head over heals. He is ruthlessly relentless in pursuing her. He just doesn't get the why.
It was so cute when he held on to one of her gloves after a meeting keeping it close to him. :)
The heroine is not of his station, a widow of a duke by blow. She was raised by a governess grandma.
I like that the hero has to learn some lessons of privilege. As in he didn't give a lot of thought how things would affect the heroine and the things he took for granted based on his station. I thought that was well done.
There are some really sensual scenes here. Erotic really. Lots of create communication back and forth between them. And they go boating. :)
There is very little internal dialogue going on and come to think about it, I don't think other Ranney books I read have that either. So rather than having internal waffling going on for pages and pages, the characters actually talk to each other. They talk a lot, but still not saying what they probably should. I think the communicating lets one get to know the characters better. ...more
I had no idea how Heath could possibly give this a deserving ending, but she pulled it off so masterfGoodness, this really puts one through a ringer.
I had no idea how Heath could possibly give this a deserving ending, but she pulled it off so masterfully. I don't even know what else to say to this one, just read it. From the first few pages it just grips and the hero has such a presence, even though he is very very quiet. You can literally feel his longing and despair, without a lot of words, or inner dialogue. Lorraine Heath is really a master at that.
You just always know there is more and I kept worrying about finding out more.
Really good. Wonderful setting in the scottish isles. Got me to look up some of the places and islands there after I was finished. I also pretty muchReally good. Wonderful setting in the scottish isles. Got me to look up some of the places and islands there after I was finished. I also pretty much read this one in one swoop. No putting down for too long, so it definitely kept my attention. First I read from this author and will not be the last. Gritty, sensual and real is how I would describe this one. The historical data is not just fluffy wallpaper either. Good stuff. ...more
Charming I think is a good word for this. :) The hero limped his way into the heroines and my heart. And what a fine match for him she was. I vaguely rCharming I think is a good word for this. :) The hero limped his way into the heroines and my heart. And what a fine match for him she was. I vaguely remembered her from the first in this series, but its been a while I read it. Same with the hero. I am pretty OCD with reading things in order always, but I think this can be read as a stand alone. If you can handle it, I couldn't. :)
There is something about historicals like this one where the whole book plays out not in London, but in a small english village.
I also really enjoy Kate Nobles writing. I really like it. ...more
A nice start to a new series. This one was a bit slow, maybe too slow. The slow road for two people that didn't really like each other very much in thA nice start to a new series. This one was a bit slow, maybe too slow. The slow road for two people that didn't really like each other very much in the beginning. With both having their own demons inside they have to work through.
It was nice to see how the heroine saw through the Hero and his stoic and "mean" personality.
She saw it was a front for someone that was pushed into a life that was not right for him.
She unwrapped the layers like an onion. She too had to let go of things from her past.
I can't wait to read about the other members of the club. We only got a glimpse of them. I hope the wait won't be too long. ...more
I am not a fantasy reader, so I was a bit worried and intimidated before embarking. I figured it's a good one to start as there is a romance. I didn'tI am not a fantasy reader, so I was a bit worried and intimidated before embarking. I figured it's a good one to start as there is a romance. I didn't see the glossary of terms, until I got to the end of the ebook, so duh. But after a bit into the book I got the hang of it quickly.
The magic and the terminology makes sense and is logical. I wasn't ever lost thankfully, nor was I overwhelmed.
I think it helped too that the society is very much one I find a lot in historical romance. The court, court intrigue, Queens and Kings, powerplays. Just with the added magic. Heroine being from the lower classes, Hero being King. I think I read a review here describing this a bit as a Cinderella story and it certainly has that theme.
I am not a huge fan of the fated mate thingy. But it was well done here. They didn't jump into bed the first chapter screaming mine mine mine. :)
Coolest bit? Hero turns into a giant cat with wings that flies. How do you beat that. Meowww :)
The book though just ends. It is not a standalone. I knew it was a series, but I didn't expect it to just, well end without any resolutions.
This is one of these books that managed to drag me into it. The world is vivid and alive. The poems are lovely. I am exited for the next books as there is so much still to discover in this world. ...more