This was a pretty good story. I am a complete sucker for anything to do with Scotland so I jumped at the chance to read this story from NetGalley.
Arra...moreThis was a pretty good story. I am a complete sucker for anything to do with Scotland so I jumped at the chance to read this story from NetGalley.
Arran has a reputation, a HUGE reputation. He is known as the Devil of Jedburgh. Breghan's father sets up a marriage between the two of them and being afraid Breghan runs from her house the night before the wedding. She meant to cool her head and return but she gets shot by an arrow and is cared for by a gentleman and his two companions. When she finds out that the gentleman that helps her is the one that she is to marry she decides to hide her identity and try to get away.
I really liked Arran. Of course he is a strong man and he leads his people fairly, even if there is a lot of fear involved. He also has a lot of fears of his own. He is deeply attracted to Breghan and he wants to be with her but he is afraid. Breghan is so small of frame that his is afraid of ever letting her carry a child. Then there is an insecurity of her using the handfasting to barter with her dad for a future right to marry another man.
Breghan is the youngest in a large family of all boys. She has been immensely spoiled by both her parents and all of her brothers. She is quick to speak her opinion and is very sarcastic. She hates the idea of being forced into marriage and to top that she is now joined with the subject of all her darkest nightmares.
I loved reading the interaction between these two. It was cute how both characters wanted the other but the misunderstandings and pride would get in the way. This is a great romance and I loved that I could read their happily ever after. (less)
I LOVE re-told stories with a twist. This is the story of Robin Hood. Scarlet is one of the "merry en", the one we know as Will Scarlet. She has manag...moreI LOVE re-told stories with a twist. This is the story of Robin Hood. Scarlet is one of the "merry en", the one we know as Will Scarlet. She has managed to keep her identity a secret from everyone. In fact only a handful of people actually know she is actually a girl.
She is extremely talented at not being noticed and stealing. She helps Robin mark people for highway toll stops and she is the go to person with needing to break someone out of prison. Things are going great for her and the guys until they hear that the Sheriff has brought in an expert thief catcher. Scarlet knows him from her life before Robin Hood and the gang and his presence threatens to bring her past to the present.
I really liked Scarlet. She was a smart girl and she had learned how to live on her own and to also take care of the people around her. She doesn't have the personality to turn her head when a stranger is being treated badly, she stands up and fights for what is right. I think that she is a great role-model, (thief occupation aside) for teens everywhere.
I also really liked Robin, John and Much. Robin was my favorite. He is the ultimate hero. He cares for Scarlet and is constantly looking over his shoulder to see where she is and tries to do things for her, even when she doesn't want him to.
The only problem that I had with the book is where you would normally say "was" they had "were" to show a lower class style of speech. It was really annoying for the first few chapters but after a while I wasn't noticing as much because the story got more intense.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is told from the point of view of Sebastien (Captain Cutlass) and Raeven Russell. Raeven has lived...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is told from the point of view of Sebastien (Captain Cutlass) and Raeven Russell. Raeven has lived most of her life on a ship with her father, an admiral for the British Navy. The story starts with Raeven dressed up as a boy and challenging Captain Cutlass to a duel. (for her to gain revenge for Captain Cutlass killing her fiance in a ship to ship battle) At first Sebastian sees his young man and knows that there is no competition but doesn't want to hurt him so he tries to play is off, but he doesn't know that Raeven is serious. As the fight gets more heated he finds out the the boy is actually a girl dressed up, he wins and takes her to his ship as his new Chamber Maid. Of course she escapes and their fight is on hold until the soon to be future.
I loved the back and forth with Raeven and Sebastian. Both of them have such strong personalities and instead of one personality becoming more dominate the writer made both of them play off each other and both became stronger through the story. I really liked how Raeven wasn't useless like most women of that day would be in the situations she found herself in. She was a hard worker and like to prove her worth to others around her instead of just taking from others to make her life easier. Sebastien was a great hero. He was a kind man and always thought of his men and also of Raeven. He was also proud of her and she was strong and could take care of herself no matter the situation.
There are also some great secondary characters that stole my heart as I read about them. Mainly Sebastien's old servant/now medic on the ship and Raeven's best friend and cohort, Percy. I found that when I was at work I would think of where the story left off and I couldn't wait to get home and finish it. There were many twists and emotions that this story took me through and I loved every minute of reading it. Great Story!!(less)
Persephone is the oldest of her siblings and took over the mother role when her own mother died after the birth of the youngest daughter. Her family w...morePersephone is the oldest of her siblings and took over the mother role when her own mother died after the birth of the youngest daughter. Her family wasn't wealthy and soon they wouldn't have anything to help her brothers or dowry for her sisters to entertain marriage prospects. One day an invitation of marriage comes for her from a Duke. This letter simply states that he would like to marry her and to come right before the ceremony.
Persephone marries Adam and goes about her new life in this huge castle all by herself. Adam is known by many to be angry, rude and sometimes violent and she doesn't know how to approach him and start a relationship with him. The only person consistently by his side is a childhood friend, Harry, and even their relationship is difficult with Adam always threatening Harry with death. All Harry ever does is laugh it off and go about his way. Persephone learns from observing Harry and Adam that she must be confident and show now weaknesses and he "might" let her into his life.
Slowly Adam and Persephone start to share a bond as they learn all the ins and outs of each other's personalities.
I love this story... It is sort of a prequel to Courting Miss Lancaster and I love how we get to see Harry and Adam's relationship. They are hilarious together because Harry is always pushing at Adams patience and Adam is constantly threatening him with throwing him out, duellings or death. I loved how Persephone saw past Adams disfigured ear and bad attitude and she saw the man underneath that no one else was willing to see.
I laughed out loud a lot reading this book. There is a little suspense at one point but overall this is just a fun, quick, clean read. (less)
Lucinda led a privileged with he mother and father up until the age of five. One night her parents left for a ball and never came home. They died in a...moreLucinda led a privileged with he mother and father up until the age of five. One night her parents left for a ball and never came home. They died in a carriage accident and she was sent to live with the husband and new wife of her late aunt. She was raised as a servant and was beaten by the new aunt. One day two extraordinary events happen... a wealthy woman comes into her uncles goldsmith shop to have a very rare precious gem fitted to a setting... the other is the prince comes in looking for a gift to his new fiance. Lucinda feels pangs of longing for the prince but knows that her life would never be in sync with his and moves on. That night a boy, Peter, comes to her window looking for a place to sleep and she lets him in. When she sends him out after breakfast she finds that he stole the large gem and she doesn't know where to find him.
Unfortunately her uncle dies in his sleep that next night and she is forced out of her home by the aunt. The only thing she can think of is to go to the woman that brought in the gem and try to fix things. She finds that this woman, the rumored Amaranth Witch, lives in her childhood home and they soon become close friends. She has to find the gem that belongs to Beryl and return it to her. She finds the boy who stole it only to find out that he is no longer in possession of it and agrees, for a price, to help her get it back. With Peter helping her she will meet with Prince Gregor again and try to fix the mess that has been made only to find out that someone else wants the gem and is willing to kill to get it. She will also learn about herself, friendship and what really happened the night her parents died.
There is a lot going on in this book and I loved it! Lucinda is trying to get her mistakes fixed and is thrown into situations that would cripple most people and she comes out stronger. I love the friendship that happens between her and Beryl and with her and Peter. She even gets a friend in the form of a goat that acts like a dog. There are magical elements to this book but they didn't take center stage which was refreshing. I loved the twists at the end of the book and of course the Happily Ever Afters. I can't wait to take a look at some of the other books written by this author.
Lady Jane Revaulx's husband dies and she begins service as a Queen's Lady with Queen Elizabeth. She is thrilled to hear that James Lacey is attending...moreLady Jane Revaulx's husband dies and she begins service as a Queen's Lady with Queen Elizabeth. She is thrilled to hear that James Lacey is attending court. She was in love with him despite being courted by his older brother before eventually marrying her previous husband.
James is attending court in preparation for a surveying journey to the America's. He meets Jane at a buffet with the Queen and at first is horrified to see her. She dropped his brother when courting and married a man with a higher title. Luckily for Jane she is able to convince him of the true story and they are able to become closer.
As James is leaving for America, Jane's world falls apart. Her father and brother are forcing her into a marriage with a wealthy french man and her step-son's are trying to take back everything her late husband left for her to start her life over with. Jane's friends come together to help her figure everything out... while James be able to get back in time?
I'm not going to tell..... :-)
I didn't read the first book but Eve did a really good job at telling the back story so I wasn't lost. I love the historical stories and this one actually ties in with names and events. Jane's best friend has a spot doing the finishing work on dresses and I love the detail that the author did on the dresses. The ending of this story was a little rushed in my opinion but it is ok since I have the happier ever after that I want. I will look at the next book when it comes out in July 2012. (less)
James Carter sent me a coupon to download this book. I loved the original Taming of the Shrew and this story takes place about one year after Kate is...moreJames Carter sent me a coupon to download this book. I loved the original Taming of the Shrew and this story takes place about one year after Kate is married. I liked the idea of the story, you basically get a look into Kate and Biannca's married lives as well as a friend of Biannca's husband. There were some definately funny situations and I laughed out loud a couple times. I didn't like Biannca's relationship with her husband and the ending left me wondering where the story could go. I loved Kate and Petruchio's relationship and it played out perfectly in my mind. Overall I thought this was a good continuing story....(less)