It's nice to see the people of Bramble, Texas, haven't changed one bit!
Brianne Cates doesn't know what hit her when she arrives at the Henhouse to es...moreIt's nice to see the people of Bramble, Texas, haven't changed one bit!
Brianne Cates doesn't know what hit her when she arrives at the Henhouse to escape an Internet scandal of her own making. Well, she's actually run off the road by an Elvis lookalike; then she flees arrest, so needless to say, she's in just a little bit of trouble.
Dusty Hicks has no time for those who abuse and misuse the law. When he pulls Brianne Cates over, he expects to make an arrest. He just didn't know he would have to chase her to do it -- or that he'd lose his heart to her in the process.
This series is a lot of fun -- the secondary characters in Bramble continually crack me up -- and I'm interested to see what will happen in the next book of the series. (less)
I had Ms. London's historicals on my To Read list several years ago but took them off because I never thought I'd get to them. When I saw The Trouble...moreI had Ms. London's historicals on my To Read list several years ago but took them off because I never thought I'd get to them. When I saw The Trouble With Honor, I decided I'd give this book a chance. I'm certainly glad I did!
Honor Cabot, the daughter of a bishop and stepdaughter of an earl, is an opinionated and bright young woman. Her stepfather is ill, however, and she worries for the health of her mother and what will happen to she and her sisters when their stepbrother becomes the new earl. She meets George Easton at a poker game and decides that he will be instrumental to helping her keep she and her sisters safe -- and in funds -- when their stepfather dies.
The one thing I could not understand is how Honor can conduct such schemes and sneak out at night and arrive unescorted in the daylight to a man's home and still retain her place in society. The Trouble With Honor is a great way to spend an afternoon, and I'm looking forward to continuing this series. And while Honor and George are both delights, how could some gossiping member of the ton not watch Honor like a hawk? What about Monica's mother, who is clearly a busybody?
I was able to suspend disbelief of Honor's reputation, so I'm interested to see what will happen to Grace in The Fall of Grace (July 2014).(less)
Merry Preston is kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants person, which is why she's very pregnant and hoping to reconnect with her mother. She's convi...moreMerry Preston is kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants person, which is why she's very pregnant and hoping to reconnect with her mother. She's convinced her older sister Ella that tracking their mother down is a great thing to do. The women came to Sanctuary Island in the previous book by Ms. Everett, and Shoreline Drive lives up to the expectations set therein.
Ben is Merry's polar opposite, so of course their chemistry is off the charts. And Ben is concerning with Merry and Alex -- he helped her deliver her son, who is named after Ben -- but he's surprised by just how much he wants to be in their lives. He proposes a marriage of convenience, which Merry accepts.
Given that this is a romance novel, both Merry and Ben are going to figure out they're marriage is not just for convenience naturally. Despite some interference by Ben's parents, things work out for Merry and Ben -- and then the book just ends. I was most disappointed by that! I wasn't ready for it to end just yet. Since there is a third book in the works (Heartbreak Cove, March 2015), I'm sure we'll be treated to more glimpses of Merry, Ben, and Alex. (less)
Edie Jewell needs a marriage. As an American heiress with new money, she's low woman on the totem pole in British society, and she's also running away...moreEdie Jewell needs a marriage. As an American heiress with new money, she's low woman on the totem pole in British society, and she's also running away from a scandalous non-betrothal haunting her. Stuart, Duke of Margrave, needs a marriage. His family is in debt and could possibly lose everything except the entitled estates. They meet at a ball, and Edie shockingly proposes a marriage of convenience -- if he marries her, she'll provide all the funds he and his family could ever need. Even more surprising is that Stuart accepts. They marry, and Stuart leaves for Africa on safari.
It's on safari and expedition that Stuart is confronted by his immortality. He dreams of Edie and makes a plan to return to her and turn their marriage of convenience into a real marriage. Edie, however, is 100% against this plan. She likes her life just as it is. When Stuart suggests a bet of sorts, Edie cannot say no.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed How To Lose a Duke in Ten Days. Romances about reconnection are hit-or-miss with me. Edie and Stuart have a great connection, despite spending so little time together prior to their marriage. And of course, Edie doesn't lose the duke -- she gains a husband! (less)
Tessa Dare slays me with almost every novel. And while Romancing the Duke is a wonderful start to a new series, I was skeptical when I first began it....moreTessa Dare slays me with almost every novel. And while Romancing the Duke is a wonderful start to a new series, I was skeptical when I first began it. It was...different. It was...unusual. Perhaps I'd spent too much time in Spindle Cove (Ms. Dare's previous series), so the thought of opening myself to new characters and experiences was too much. But I decided I would of course love it because I typically love all of Ms. Dare's books and kept reading.
His first glimpse of Izzy Goodnight was to see her bathed in gold. The sunlight showed him, in blazing relief, a slender gracefully curved silhouette and a corona of wild, loose hair that seemed to be afire. Holy God.
It was as easy as that, to fall in love with Izzy Goodnight and Ransom, Duke of Rothbury. They are both carrying secrets;, they bother each other -- in the best ways, of course.
Romancing the Duke is a wonderful beginning to what I'm sure will be another wonderful series by Ms. Dare.
How many counts were in forever? That's how long she wanted this to last. (less)
Lady Belinda Featherstone married for love. She thought the feeling was mutual with her new husband. When he dies, she discovers love of her...more3.5 stars
Lady Belinda Featherstone married for love. She thought the feeling was mutual with her new husband. When he dies, she discovers love of her inheritance is what he was passionate about (that, and a string of mistresses). A engaging American woman, she puts her gumption to the test and decides to help other young American heiresses avoid the trap she fell into.
The Marquess of Trubridge is in search of a young American heiress and is consistently foiled by Lady Featherstone. They kiss, however, and now the marquess can think of nothing but her.
I really enjoyed Belinda and Nicholas's barbs. They both protest too much concerning their mutual attraction, so it was fun to watch them finally give in to temptation. (less)