This one was a surprise to me. I am always happy to find a new author in historical romance, just happy authors still write in the sub-genre. We lostThis one was a surprise to me. I am always happy to find a new author in historical romance, just happy authors still write in the sub-genre. We lost so many jumping to other sub-genres or other genres all together.
I really enjoyed this one. I am not usually a big fan of historicals where the couple is already married as I like to see them getting there so to speak. The journey. But it still had all that as the hero basically ran right after the wedding not even staying for the wedding night. So they didn't really know each other and I still got the journey. And a interesting one at that.
This is such a readable book. Not the best word to describe, but I can't find a better one. One of those where I can start reading and I am quickly in the story and want to keep turning the pages eagerly. One of those. I rarely put it down until I finished.
As infuriating the hero and his actions were, I never got the feeling that he didn't deserve his HEA. I think that was important considering how careless he was abandoning his bride and not looking back. It was still believable. Same goes for the actions of the heroine, pretending to be a courtesan.
It all sounds and is far fetched, but it worked for me here. Again, readability and believability in the characters and their journey is a must when I read romance.
It is also very sensually written. The combination of the sensuality and steam with the emotions of the characters added to the motivations of the characters.
I am moving on to the 2nd in the series right away. ...more
I've had this book on my to read shelf for some time now. Moved it to the top recently and I had only wanted to read a sample to see how I would likeI've had this book on my to read shelf for some time now. Moved it to the top recently and I had only wanted to read a sample to see how I would like it. I read straight through pretty much to a couple of 100 pages. So much for sampling :)
It just started so strong out the gate that I just needed to know. Page turner for me for sure.
The suspense was really well done here and I liked the change of scenery from many of the other romantic suspense that I read.
I don't like putting spoilers in reviews so I'll just say that I was really captivated by the scottish suspense part going back to the 14th century. I did look some of the things up as I was intrigued. But then anything scottish is like catnip to me :)
I wasn't sure how a romance would work between the leads, considering the heroine just lost her husband. It worked though. The dead husband is basically dead at the start, so there wasn't this bonding with the reader, or it would have been an issue for me. That isn't a spoiler as its in the blurb.
There were a couple of times where I would liked to have experienced the action happening as it was happening, not being told afterwards.
It was a really good page turning romantic suspense am looking forward to the next which I think picks up 2 years from the end of this one.
I have to preface this with saying that I went into this thinking it was a sci-fi romance. It was recommended to mOverall I really enjoyed this ride.
I have to preface this with saying that I went into this thinking it was a sci-fi romance. It was recommended to me as such. The cover kind of also implies ti would be a romance. It doesn't work as a romance though as there is almost no development of a couple and they go from barely having looked at each other to starry eyes and probing tongue. There is no sex going on, just kissing. :)
The POV is from the hero only so there isn't really much of the inner workings of the heroine. Not sure what else to call her, but again, this is not a romance. Its a fast action space adventure with some romantic elements. But barely.
So if I don't try to look at it what I thought it was, it was non stop fun and edge of seat for me. It was a fun motley crew that has to fight against odds after odds once the cruise ship space liner goes to the dogs.
What I found so great here was the way the author made me feel I was there, the urgency of fighting your way through obstacles and enemies. This read like a fun sci fi adventure movie for me and for that I loved it.
But now I have to go back and again try to find sci fi romance that actually is sci-fi romance. They are so hard to find.
I will be reading more of this author, I just won't be going in expecting sci-fi romance anymore. :)...more
Contemporary romance with adult characters both in their 30's. Thank you very much :) Hero is 37 and a famous, really famous actor.
The Heroine is a veContemporary romance with adult characters both in their 30's. Thank you very much :) Hero is 37 and a famous, really famous actor.
The Heroine is a very successful writer, whose book was made into a movie. The hero is the lead actor in that movie and that is how they eventually meet.
The heroine has some issues with crowds which I thought was well presented. It also creates a interesting dynamic considering how famous he is and the fans.
What I liked is that even though the hero is the famous actor, its not a story of rich boy, poor girl. The heroine is successful and wealthy in her own right so there is no power gap between them.
There is a nice build up sensuality that is really sexy. Its not a super steamy read by any means and it was just fine the way it was. Sexy was definitely there.
I liked the fun interplay between them and how even though there was some shyness on the heroines part, she still kept her wit and head. The little tidbits about writer life and some extent of actor life I found interesting. ...more