Learning at a young age that he was betrothed to a young girl, Simon Trumbell did his best to act the part of holy terror and rake as he grew up. Not...moreLearning at a young age that he was betrothed to a young girl, Simon Trumbell did his best to act the part of holy terror and rake as he grew up. Not wanting to be attached to a woman he felt nothing for, did not sit well with Simon even as they grew up.
Rose Warren is an enigma, Simon thinks she is just another young woman who is more interested in society gossip rather than the intriguing young woman she has become. When Simon realizes there is more to his betrothed then he thought, he begins to rethink his stance on Rose and marriage as they embroil themselves in solving a murder mystery.
Sweet story, I thought that Rose was a delightful character. On one hand she is shy and timid, but she surprises you when she gets excited about showing her knowledge. Very fun read.(less)
The Duke of Huntsley known as “Hunter”, knows the time has come to claim his bride. The marriage was arranged when they were children and Hunter has u...moreThe Duke of Huntsley known as “Hunter”, knows the time has come to claim his bride. The marriage was arranged when they were children and Hunter has used the time since the announcement to sow any and all oats he could find. In order to keep his inheritance the wedding has to be done before Lady Grace Kearly’s twenty first birthday. Of course he has to find his bride first who seems to have acquired the act of disappearing every time he searches for her.
Lady Grace has heard all about her intended exploits, after all they are legendary. She has no doubt that this is not a love match and never will be, deciding that she would like to break the arrangement and find a more suitable husband on her own. When Hunter learns of her plan, he is perplexed, determined, and unsettled by the beauty who is to be his wife. Despite her demands, Hunter decides he will do what he does best, seduce his betrothed. Lady Grace though is not easily smitten and the more Hunter gets to know her, the more he is determined to keep her as his.
Ren Porter is fine with being alone in his abandoned mansion waiting for the reaper to claim him, in bouts of madness he believes he has been sent an...moreRen Porter is fine with being alone in his abandoned mansion waiting for the reaper to claim him, in bouts of madness he believes he has been sent an angel from heaven to fulfill his very dark needs. Miss Calliope Worthington can’t help her inquisitiveness to stop from exploring the abandoned mansion she and her family are seeking shelter in for the night. When she discovers a strand of pearls she doesn’t realize that this one action will change her fate forever.
Deal with the devil or is there more to the man who has decided they will marry and Callipoe will pay back her debt one pearl at a time in bed. Red isn’t sure what to think of Calliope, she is not quivering in fear over her predicament, in fact she is doing quite the opposite. Little by little Ren is finding the man he once was, but will his fear of rejection ruin everything.
Miss Evangeline Grey hovers on the horrible affliction of being on the shelf where society is concerned, however her view on the matter is vastly diff...moreMiss Evangeline Grey hovers on the horrible affliction of being on the shelf where society is concerned, however her view on the matter is vastly different than her family. Mr. Thomas Masterson is in need with a wife, when he hears of Evangeline’s ultimatum he comes up with a solution that could solve both their problems.
Delightful read, I thought the author really embraced the temperament of both characters. Thomas initially ambivalent about Evangeline who comes across plain and a bit timid finds out she is quietly beautiful in her own way and there are layers to her personality. Evangeline’s own preconceived and often unwarranted details on marriage become something quite different as she embraces her own journey into marriage with Thomas lovingly guiding the way. Beautifully written and something I rarely mention, I absolutely adore the cover it perfectly captivates the nature of the book.(less)
After falling over in love with her handsome traveling partner, Lady Marcia Brady is willing to give up everything to be with him. Only his interferin...moreAfter falling over in love with her handsome traveling partner, Lady Marcia Brady is willing to give up everything to be with him. Only his interfering brother Earl Duncan Lattimore sends him away and leaving Marcia with a broken heart that will never heal. Duncan knew that his brother Finn would trample on the young girls heart, he warned her away but the young innocent refused his advice.
Years later Duncan sees Lady Marcia and wants to reestablish a connection with her, only he finds that she is Headmistress of a school, avoiding her London debut, and has absolutely no plans to be civil to Duncan. Confused by her immediate disdain for him, he uncovers there was a bit more to her romance and he plans to make it up to her for not protecting her back then. Lady Marcia only wants to save the school she worked so hard for, even if it means making her debut. With Duncan at her heels and Finn reentering her life, Marcia finds herself torn between seeking Duncan out and realizing Finn isn't who she imagined all those years ago.
Despite his mother’s persistence, Christopher Courtland, Earl of Vanewright, more commonly known as “Vane” has managed to keep himself clear of her ma...moreDespite his mother’s persistence, Christopher Courtland, Earl of Vanewright, more commonly known as “Vane” has managed to keep himself clear of her matchmaking attempts. Although at times overly clever, Vane has come up with a solution to this season’s attempts, celibacy. He sees no other way around keeping himself out of a loveless marriage and all is going according to plan, until he meets Isabel Thorne whose quick temper and precise aim has him at a disadvantage for the first time in his life. He wants to know more about the independent beauty who doesn’t fawn at him like the other ladies of the ton, in fact she seems more inclined at pushing him towards her sister as well as putting him in his place, than she does at seeing him as a romantic interest. Not unlike his nickname, Vane decides this is the type of woman who he could spend the season with, as a friend, nothing more, but sometimes best laid plans have a way of finding a path of it’s own one that could include Vane losing his heart along the way.
Lady Mary Campbell is not your ordinary lady coming out into society, she is intelligent and can match any mans wits, has a will of her own and if she...moreLady Mary Campbell is not your ordinary lady coming out into society, she is intelligent and can match any mans wits, has a will of her own and if she had her way would do away with her introduction to the season. With her first entrance she makes heads turns and quickly becomes known as outspoken and untameable, it does not however stop the single gentlemen from taking notice of the beauty she bestows and the desire to get to know her closer.
Hugh Redgrave, the Marquess of Ormond, had been warned but the man also secretly known as the "Nighthawk" had to see for himself if Lady Mary was as intriguing as she sounded. With an unsettling first meeting with the minx, Hugh finds himself wary of meeting her again, after all he does not want to get married anytime soon and when he is in her company, he finds himself thinking along that line. When Lady Mary becomes embroiled in discovering a double agent working both sides of the war, Hugh ends up not only trying to protect her but trying to keep her far away from her other suitors.
Thoroughly enjoyable story, Racing With The Wind had a spark of humor, bit of intrigue, and a sensuous cat and mouse dance between the notorious rake, Hugh and the alluring but determined Lady Mary. I enjoyed that Mary does not expect more from Hugh than who she knows he is, it really set the tone and left her character completely believable as a bluestocking hellion. Loved it, would definitely reread and pick up the next in what I hope is a new series
Vane Cynster plans to not follow in his cousins footstep and hope fate doesn't intervene with finding him a wife. He is happy to live his bachelor lif...moreVane Cynster plans to not follow in his cousins footstep and hope fate doesn't intervene with finding him a wife. He is happy to live his bachelor lifestyle and avoid the momma's in the ton looking for husband material for their daughters. An unexpected storm leads him to Bellamy Hall and into the path of Patience Debbington. Vane knows fate has stricken and although he initially tries to avoid it, he realizes nothing will sate him except Patience.
This had more to the story but I found it not nearly as riveting as Devil's Bride. There is a mystery afoot with a spectre and thief in Bellamy Hall, Vane stays on to solve the mystery as well as woo Patience. I can't say that I was overly fond of Patience, she grew on me but she was stiff in the beginning and I didn't seem to move past it. Overall good story, had picked up after first book and I think my expectations were extremely high as I absolutely love that book.(less)
"Absolutely loved this book, Olivia is constantly reminded that she is frail, but despite it all she has a bit of a rebellious nature that makes her w...more"Absolutely loved this book, Olivia is constantly reminded that she is frail, but despite it all she has a bit of a rebellious nature that makes her want to step out of what is expected and give herself a chance to really experience life."
The Earl of Killingworth, Connor Linsley, has well earned his reputation as the Wolfhound. Very few have willingly crossed the broody man whose life a...moreThe Earl of Killingworth, Connor Linsley, has well earned his reputation as the Wolfhound. Very few have willingly crossed the broody man whose life as a rake is notorious, until he meets Lady Alexa Bingham. Alexa believes her brother needs help and seeks out Connor for assistance, so what if he happens to be in a brothel when she finds him, nothing will stand in the way of helping her brother.