Typically I try to avoid reading Paranormal contemp books cause I'm left disappointed. Love the genre, just haven't had much luck finding good reads....moreTypically I try to avoid reading Paranormal contemp books cause I'm left disappointed. Love the genre, just haven't had much luck finding good reads. I liked this. There were some parts that I couldn't wrap my head around and thought was a little out there. I didn't get the significance or relation to Ann's special mark to Jasha. I felt the two things were a little disconnected and not explained well. I also thought the pace of the story at times was a bit choppy and uneven. And while I do like the romantic side of the story where Ann loves her boss and is a virgin I have to agree with others that it was a little bit much for her to drive all the way to Jasha's house and pretty much move her stuff in there while she waited for him to 'surprise' him. I wish the author didn't include that part. It's unrealistic for a woman who's shy, self-conscious and never had a relationship to do something like that. Plus creepy.
I also wish the author wrote a book about Jasha's parents and how they met because their back story intrigued me. Their love story sounded interesting and I couldn't help but want to know more. And I honestly wish there was some translation of the 'nicknames' and endearments used in the book cause uh...not everyone reads or understands Russian. lol Aside from that it was an interesting read. (less)
For a historical book this was really disappointing for me. Pretty much awful to be honest. And the most frustrating because I tried so hard to like i...moreFor a historical book this was really disappointing for me. Pretty much awful to be honest. And the most frustrating because I tried so hard to like it. I had major issues with this book. Both the hero and heroine came off obnoxious and pretentious. Wynter who I tried very hard to like came off abrasive, chauvinistic and stupid. Which really confused me considering in the beginning he pretended to act inept to fool people but reading through the very end, the man was completely clueless and IMO never seemed to change. And Charlotte was no better. She came off stiff, snobbish, judgmental, and mean (all those remarks about his time in the desert and his way of living and the way he dressed I didn't appreciate). I understood she was a governess and was focused on following rules of propriety but that doesn't excuse her snobbish rude holier-than-thou attitude. Her cutting remarks to Wynter and his new lifestyle were neither endearing or charming. I could not understand or relate to her or Wynter most of the time.
And I understand the plot of the story was trying to fight off lust and growing feelings between two people but when the author spends so much more time (too much IMO) showing the two characters bickering and arguing then actually even 'liking' each other it gets kind of hard to believe that they love each other. Which was why I had a hard time buying Lady Charlotte loved Wynter when she hated even admitting it and spent most of the time reprimanding him or scolding him like a five-year old. It wasn't endearing in the least or sexy. And I couldn't buy Wynter loving her when he obviously didn't understand the meaning of love. It was a shame to me because the author did not focus on the actual love story and didn't show them falling in love at all but spent time page after page on the battle of wills between the two and the surrounding secondary characters. The whole pacing of the book was really odd. There was very little room left for actual romance or even love IMO. It got to the point where I almost stopped reading the book several times.
And an awkward rolling and tumbling around on the floor in a tent where the man has to physically force you to succumb to his advances is not hot, sexy or romantic, it was pretty much close to rape for me. It was totally bizarre to the point of uncomfortable when the man is ripping off her clothes and she's trying to flee. I mean what? I almost was laughing at how ridiculous the description was because I couldn't believe that was the climactic long drawn out 'love scene'. Nothing about it was seductive or romantic.
I was bummed because I was really looking forward to reading this governess series. :( I keep hearing great things about this author but so far not impressed or interested. (less)
Second book I've read of hers and haven't been disappointed. Amazing!!! So so so good. Everything you could want in a romance period piece wrapped in...moreSecond book I've read of hers and haven't been disappointed. Amazing!!! So so so good. Everything you could want in a romance period piece wrapped in a perfect package. Plenty of drama, angst, and tons of passion. Plus it has really hot steamy sex scenes. Good lord. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. I loved Kleypas's style of writing and how she delves deep into the main characters, you see them actually grow and get to really know them which I think other authors tend to gloss over. The most flawed yet delicious hero you could ask for is Sebastian. I loved everything about him, he's completely flawed and at times not so nice but Kleypas manages to really pull you in and make you fall in love with the guy. Well I did at least. lol
And I adored the heroine Evie. So sweet and shy yet really strong. I loved to see how she blossomed and showed that inner fire come out no one was expecting to see from her. Very sweet and charming. Both main characters even the secondary ones are believable. What I loved most and of course is the perfect cliched recipe for romance is the 'opposites attract' equation you have here. And these two are the epitome of it, Sebastian the self-indulgent careless rake and Evie the shy stammering wallflower. What I loved most about her writing style is there isn't that typical fluffy sunny tone you expect in period pieces, in her books the tone is more dark and realistic to the times and socially conscious which is a breath of fresh air in my opinion.
Really really good!!! I honestly was cautious when I picked this up cause I was expecting the typical highland 'cliches' and plot story but oh goodnes...moreReally really good!!! I honestly was cautious when I picked this up cause I was expecting the typical highland 'cliches' and plot story but oh goodness did this author prove me wrong. It's not just the story itself but her writing style that completely won me over. Great plot, great drama and climactic moments, really well thought out characters,well thought out story. What I loved most was the angst, the actual trials both the hero and heroine had to face. It wasn't the expected convoluted or 'forced' plot point just for the sake of throwing it in there and having them overcome it magically two seconds later. They both face some obstacles and plenty of angst to the point where you wanna rip your hair out--in a good way.lol Oh and some very hot love scenes. Always a plus for me. I loved it! And can I say it was nice to read a highland story that didn't have the expected highland Gaelic language where half the words you can't understand I wouldn't have minded if it but it made it easier to follow without. :P Thank you Monica McCarty! (less)
Another one I loved from McCarty. Highland stories tend to sometimes go on the cheesy side for me and she is one of the few who's impressed me with he...moreAnother one I loved from McCarty. Highland stories tend to sometimes go on the cheesy side for me and she is one of the few who's impressed me with her writing skills and storytelling. Jamie Campbell is just amazing all over. I adored him. What a sexy hero. I was expecting to not like him but he surprised me with the way he openly and very passionately loved Caitrina. Lord he made me swoon. It sounds over the top but really it was sexy as hell. Great love story. Again great drama and major major angst.
The only thing that was a negative for me and drove me nuts was the heroine Caitrina. She was a diffcult character to love, like, even understand at times. Now at the end I ended up liking her but it took a while to get there. lol I know for many that's big negative and for me it usually is but in this case I was willing to make an exception. Caitrina really tested my patience at times. There were several times where she fell into the 'obnoxious pretentious spoiled heroine' category for me. I wasn't a big fan of hers at the beginning of the book, she came off cossetted, spoiled, hot tempered and extremely naive but she started to slowly change, grow up and prove herself and learn so much which I really loved but those flaws of hers kept resurfacing. And many times I felt she was undeserving of Jaime. Seriously I would take him in a heart beat with no reservations. :P
Caitrina's fierce loyalty to her family and clan I could understand but her obliviousness and naivete to what was going on around her was too much. The number of times she questioned her faith in Jamie and kept testing him was the only negative for me in this book because given the events, it was unreasonable of her to do. I especially didn't like how she would use his affections for her to manipulate the situation to get what she wanted or kept throwing ultimatums at him for no reason when he'd proven countless times that she could trust him. That was cringe-worthy and just unbearable to read about. Jaime deserved better and more from her then her continuous tests and manipulative games. Her continuous lack of faith in him in my opinion was unnecessary and made it hard to sympathize with her at times. I know for some that may be a turn off and for me it was as well believe me I wanted to slap the woman I few times but the over all story/plot, character growth and progression and yummy hero made up for it. lol Both Caitrina and Jamie go through a lot in this book, a long journey that really sucks you in--it did for me and makes you better understand them as characters and WANT to root for them as a couple. That's what made this a 5 star. Great plot, great story telling and amazing character transformation and growth. Jamie pretty much saved this book for me and stole the show. I would have a preferred a better heroine for him but the writing and overall plot was really well done that I can't rate this lower no matter how much I want to. lol(less)
This was disappointing. First of all what threw me off was the description on the back of the book. The blurb on the back is very misleading, the back...moreThis was disappointing. First of all what threw me off was the description on the back of the book. The blurb on the back is very misleading, the back blurb teaser is not all what happens in the book (a pet peeve of mine) and in all honestly that and the COVER is what caught my interest and convinced me to read it. Eh...
I loved the character of John Powell. He's interesting very mysterious BUT.... the whole 'grizzly man' who stalks women and takes them to his cabin to give them the BEST SEX EVER was a bit over the top and I'm sorry to say this but total exaggeration. When you put a set up like that well you are expecting what the author promises. Apparently the best sex ever is giving off power waves that go off for miles and gives off colors of the rainbow. The skittles commercial comes to mind ("Taste the Rainbow!"). -_- Let's just say not what I was expecting.
I did like how he ended up meeting Genny, it was very cute and endearing. The starting was great but it's everything after they meet and come together that goes downhill for me. This would have been a 3 star or probably 4 star if it weren't for the second half of the book. I just couldn't understand or wrap my head around why Genny would want to run away from him after he helped save her and clearly feelings were there between them yet she ran away from him like he was the devil himself. It was a bit contrived for me the reasoning behind her running off. I felt like I was missing something and needed a major clue. And then to carry on and fake her death so he would leave her alone. That just turned me off completely and made her seem so fickle and heartless to do that to him. I couldn't grasp or understand why she was so hellbent on running from him. The last time I checked he wasn't the bad guy.
I guess that's my biggest issue with this book and the author's style of writing. It's not for me. I don't like how she writes the heroines in her books, I've read a few and I've noticed the same pattern in all the stories. After they get together with the man they love they run off after wards or refuse to believe that said man loves them. My big question is WHY??? Isn't there another clever way of coming up with angst for a couple other than having the woman turn insecure, guilt ridden or indecisive? It's incredibly irritating and not the kind of heroine I want to root for. For me it's anticlimactic and disappointing to say the least and makes the heroine look clueless and so fickle. Then to jump forward 5 months later eeeh I just felt it was a rushed way of getting to the next point, summarizing what happened then bring in other characters. I don't like when authors flash forward to months, years later in the middle of a book. It's choppy and disjointed and I feel like I missed so much. I'm a reader who'd rather have dialogue then a bunch of summarization. I want action not description. I wish I could say I was interested enough in reading the other books in this series but I think I'll pass. (less)
I loved it! I didn't know if I would cause the idea of identical twins switching places is just all kinds of crazy yet juicy at the same time. It coul...moreI loved it! I didn't know if I would cause the idea of identical twins switching places is just all kinds of crazy yet juicy at the same time. It could have been a total bomb but the author did a wonderful job. While I do think the 'ruse' was dragged out a bit long I understand why it was done. The author was really clever in handling how Violet acted around Adrian. You could tell she completely loved the man and her actions prove how hard it was on her to continue with the lie. So it's hard not to sympathize with her even though she agreed to the plan. And I do love the way the reveal was handled, not rushed to a dramatic yet expected conclusion. I think that was the most intense gut-wrenching scene from the book is when Adrian confronts her. Wow. Beautifully done.
Violet ended up facing her deceit and not gently with Adrian being furious. So good. It definitely took me by surprise. I really love Warren's style of writing and handling of plot. Perfect balance of everything, not too much, not too little, has drama and angst. The angst and tension is what saved the story or I should say made the story. And the nice twist at the end made me love it even more....cause seriously how else can you avoid that awkward elephant in the room of your husband not being able to tell you apart from your sister? Hee hee. Considering the set up of the story there's no going around it or avoiding it. I thought it was very cleverly done. I would seriously read this again it was that good. Amazing!!!(less)
Loved the first one in this series, such an amazing read but the second as I expected, wasn't that much of a fan of. The story was interes...more 3.5-4 stars
Loved the first one in this series, such an amazing read but the second as I expected, wasn't that much of a fan of. The story was interesting and fun but the heroine was what I had problems with. MAJOR problems with. This honestly would have been 4-5 read if it weren't for Jeannette. She kept ruining it for me.
And I tried, lord help me I tried really hard to like or even sympathize with Jeanette but goodness she really tested my patience several times to the point that I felt really sorry for Darragh. I felt he was way too good for her with the antics she continuously pulled off. The tantrums you would expect from a four-year-old are probably more endearing then seeing a grown woman stomp her feet, pout and shriek at the top of her lungs when she's angry or doesn't get her way. And no, I'm not exaggerating in the least. Shrieking tantrums are not endearing to me or cute. I think Darragh was very brave, amazing, and near-crazy to think that was charming of her.
I prepared myself for this and was honestly curious to see how the author would handle writing the heroine in this who was pretty much unlikable in the previous book. She was self-centered, snobbish, ridiculously spoiled, immature, petulant and mean. So typically when you have a heroine who's not very favorable in the beginning of the story you expect to see them change and sometimes grow to like/love them. For me that wasn't the case with this story and was my biggest problem. I had a hard time actually buying that Jeannette changed or grew up or even learned her lesson after everything that happened. I guess I would have bought it more if Warren wrote the ending differently. She needed to suck up her pride and go after her hubby. Yes she seemed to be brought down a peg or two, but that spoiled, petulant haughty personality never seemed to go away. For me the ending felt more of a 'okay I'll promise to behave for now as long you forgive me!' something a kid would do after being caught and scolded but will continue to do what she wants later on. Not satisfying or sincere in the least for me. I just didn't buy that she changed and was a better person for it. There were definitely some 'aha! hallelujah! moments were she seemed to realize things and grow up and be humbled but again her vengeful combative nature kept flaring up. Here I felt the hero was wronged and poorly treated and the heroine had to swallow her ego-inflated pride and go after HIM. If the ending had been different I probably would have liked it and been happy with it but eh. It's a shame cause the set up was there and the hero, Darragh was just delicious and so much fun. They were cute together and I did enjoy the overall plot, it's just the heroine that made it difficult for me to fully enjoy this book. Darragh was a total sweetheart with all that witty rakish charming personality I did love how he gave her a run for her money in the schemes she tried to pull off.
By far the BEST of the three books (1st one comes in close second) for me. And it surprised me cause after reading the second one I was underwhelmed a...moreBy far the BEST of the three books (1st one comes in close second) for me. And it surprised me cause after reading the second one I was underwhelmed and not sure what to expect but goodness this was really good. Loved loved loved Kit and Eliza. I adore and loved the hero Kit in this. He just made me swoon. His humor whit and charm is so infectious and lovable and Eliza is adorable. The starting off as friends and Kit starting to fall for her was really sweet. The innocent set up is what made the whole plot so delicious. I loved the little 'lessons' Kit gave Eliza to try and teach her but ended up getting carried away. The build up was really nice while a little slow and dragged out at times the second half of the book and ending more than makes up for it. I was not expecting the intense angst in this one I was expecting more light-hearted fun given the main characters but I was really surprised. I think the last few chapters is what really made me love the book more. I wasn't expecting it but jesus the love between them and how it grows is amazing and addictive to read. I don't think there was anything I disliked about this book which is rare for me. lol Really fun playful delightful read while at the same time very passionate. And it's not even just in the physical sense but through words and dialogue which is what's really nice and surprising. I really like this author's style of writing and use of dialogue. Beautifully done. Awesome book! (less)
Loved it!!! I think so far its my favorite one from the DD series. Loved Jem and Harriet. I did wish at times that her disguise would be revealed soon...moreLoved it!!! I think so far its my favorite one from the DD series. Loved Jem and Harriet. I did wish at times that her disguise would be revealed sooner. I felt it dragged out a bit too long but the reveal was amazing and made up for it. Eloisa managed to make something so incredibly awkward into something really intense and sexy. The sword fight scene was my favorite scene in the book! And Jem is just such a sexy hero, far from perfect and stubborn headed but so much fun. Awesome read. Really fun and manages to suck you in. And can I say the cover art/stepback page is enough to make you want to read the book. Seriously takes your breath away. Gorgeous!!!
ETA: Just ended up winning this. Woot! Can't wait to read it again. (less)
I really really love the character of Rafe. Love and adore him. Eloisa James is one of my favorite authors so it kills me to say this because I was re...moreI really really love the character of Rafe. Love and adore him. Eloisa James is one of my favorite authors so it kills me to say this because I was really looking forward to reading this. I was disappointed with this one and it's only because of the plot and set up of the story and how it was dragged out. Still a great read I'd recommend it but compared to the other in the series this was disappointing for me.
*SPOILER ALERT* I really liked the idea of Rafe's long lost brother Gabe coming into the mix and making things interesting but what I thought made the story go a little stale for me and dragged out was Rafe disguising himself as his brother to fool Imogen throughout the whole book. It drove me nuts how she kept thinking it was Gabe she was with and made love to him thinking he was Gabe. It just made me cringe. How can you profess to love a man when you don't know he's someone else? And then to only find out she knew at the very end made it all the more frustrating because I wanted to know WHEN exactly she found out. The author never revealed that part and I think it was a very vital piece to the story. I felt totally shafted. I felt cheated cause you keep thinking the heroine is completely oblivious and freaking clueless the whole time only to find out she knew all along. Whaaaat? I would have much rather have had her find out and reveal it and them getting to spend genuine time together without games or disguises or lies. These two have a very volatile history so I really wanted to see them just be together openly without lies or disguises surrounding them. Beside that it would have made for an awesome book if we saw the two bickering and arguing like they have throughout the series and just go from there. The whole 'in disguise' angle while clever, kind of muddled up the story for me. I just did not like how the author went about these two falling in love. It's surrounded by a bunch of tricks and lies. (less)
Didn't think I would but I ended up loving this! One of the best from the series in my opinion. When I started it I didn't think I would like it I fel...moreDidn't think I would but I ended up loving this! One of the best from the series in my opinion. When I started it I didn't think I would like it I felt it was a bit slow paced and boring but when things picked up it got really interesting. And the most shocking is EJ made me actually love Leo hard to do considering his past history and indifferent careless attitude and the way he treated women. I applaud her for doing it cause it's not easy, but Leo won me over in this. This was another book I read out of order from the series and I'm glad I did or else I probably wouldn't have read it given Leo's image and representation in the first DD book. I did not like him in that book. But Eloisa made me change my mind and I think Eleanor was a perfect match for him. Her sense of humor and free spirit was really natural and very likable. There were some small things that drove me nuts like the character Lisette and everyone's constant coddling and on-guard approach around her. I just felt that dragged on forever until Leo finally was shown the real side of her. For a man to be completely oblivious to someone like that was annoying at times. For someone so smart and sharp who can usually read others very easily his quick adoration and mooning over Lisette was hard to swallow. But other than that great book. Fun read. (less)
I really wish I read this series in order, because then it wouldn't have given so much away. I have to say this was the best from the 3 books. The oth...moreI really wish I read this series in order, because then it wouldn't have given so much away. I have to say this was the best from the 3 books. The others come in *very* close and again I have to hand it to Eloisa James she really knows how to write drama and angst-filled forlorn couples. This is totally different from her more recent works where it's more light humorous and fluffy, this series is much more dark and riddled with angst. Charlotte and Alex make you want to rip your heart out and your hair at times. I'm a drama-book junkie, I love when tension and angst is brought into a story cause it makes it that much more interesting and not boring. The story and characters in this are fully fleshed out and take you on an emotional roller coaster.
While I'm not a fan of men hurling insults or nasty words to the women they love, I still loved Alex. He's not for everyone and given what he does and how he lashes out at Charlotte in here he's a complicated character who I myself wanted to slap a few times. Alex is a very flawed far from perfect hero, he's to the point of mean and cruel at times but makes up for it when he comes through for Charlotte. I'm sure some may not have liked him for it even hated him but I found myself understanding him. Again if you like fluffy light reads this isn't the book for you. Very heartbreaking angsty story. I love Charlotte she's smart witty and has sass. While Alex made me want to punch him at times he did win me over. Great job to Eloisa James. Once again the last few chapters EJ brings it to a dramatic build where you are on the verge of bawling your eyes out. Beautifully written! I loved the book and loved the series! Wish there were more books to this series. (less)
My very first Eloisa book I read and I really loved it. Really charming story. Really surprised me how much fun it was reading this. There's so much h...moreMy very first Eloisa book I read and I really loved it. Really charming story. Really surprised me how much fun it was reading this. There's so much heart, love, passion and angst all in one. I love Quill. He broke my heart. I believe this is the most angst-filled series Eloisa has written. Caught me by surprise completely. The story was both really funny witty and heartbreaking at the same time. Gabby is not your typical heroine. She's different when compared to other heroine's I've read in other books. She was really fun to read although at times I felt she was a little too loosey goosey, her reactions to some things I felt were a bit much and made her look a *little* airheaded. And it did drive me nuts how prudish she was about making love. I'm not a fan of that but the way she came through for Quill made her endearing. The last few chapters just broke my heart I couldn't put the book down. Really powerful and intense. Really great read. I think the Pleasure series is some of Eloisa James' best work hands down. 5 stars all the way!!! (less)