I liked this book more than the first. I still wasn't keen on the romance. Not just because it was an infidelity but there was something superficial oI liked this book more than the first. I still wasn't keen on the romance. Not just because it was an infidelity but there was something superficial or missing about it.
However, I did start to enjoy the storyline more. It was not as rushed as the first book and it was interesting.
The book started really well and I thought I was on to a winner. But it went down hill fast.
The romance aspect left a bit toNot sure about this one.
The book started really well and I thought I was on to a winner. But it went down hill fast.
The romance aspect left a bit to be desired.
(view spoiler)[ Alexander and Rina were quick to make a baby together. Must have been pretty active in that department from the beginning. Which makes me think, it must not have been hard for him to move on with her, which was a bit surprising considering all the corny love words he liked to spout. After all, they didn't need to have a baby to avoid being killed (unlike Sophie)....Actions speak louder than words I think. Also, I think it was doubtful the Empress would have killed Sophie if he didn't marry Rina. She needed Sophie and all she had to do was threaten Alexander to get what she wanted from her.
I also hated how Sophie cheated on Peter. She didn't have much of a choice and Peter certainly didn't deserve any remorse from her in relation to it but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when she wanted to make it a regular thing and decided she really liked Sergei, in a romantic sense, after all. I actually wanted her with Sergei from the beginning but when it happened it just didn't work because of what had come before in the story. (hide spoiler)]
In general, the romance plot moved too quickly. Both in the good and bad aspects....more
The book was good but the one thing letting it down was the mystery plot-line. It was predictable and unnecessary. It would have been better to focusThe book was good but the one thing letting it down was the mystery plot-line. It was predictable and unnecessary. It would have been better to focus on the beauty and the beast inspired romance. That plot was great but it also could have had more depth added to it. ...more
I found the first 1/3 of Windflower a little slow but all in all it was a great book. The last half was extremely good and if all of the book had beenI found the first 1/3 of Windflower a little slow but all in all it was a great book. The last half was extremely good and if all of the book had been that interesting I would have given the book a 5 star rating....more
**spoiler alert** I just started reading Obsession and so far I'm shocked and disapointed....
It's 3 years since the last book and the situation Maria**spoiler alert** I just started reading Obsession and so far I'm shocked and disapointed....
It's 3 years since the last book and the situation Maria has been in during those 3 years is horrendous and the way Trey went back to whoring, gambling, womanizing and then almost having oral sex with his recent ex-fiance, while Maria is in his house, is disapointing for his character to say the least.....
I hope this gets better. If Maria doesn't get justice or something for what she went through, I may not like this book. I hate to think what her reaction will be when she finds out what Trey has been up to while she was suffering because of him.
edit: I just got to where Trey is in bed with his ex-fiance (she snuck in) and they are laughing together, he's touching her pregnant belly (not his), he agreed they were good together and now Trey is reponding to her sexually (again) and making out with her ...not liking things so far...is this going to get good soon? It is a romance about him and Maria correct?
The ending of Obsession was really good! The rest of the plot I'm not so sure about. The plot was full of horrible situations and went in directions I wasn't entirely comfortable with. My opinion of Trey was pretty low at first but he did make strides as it went on. He is still not my favourite character though.
In all, Obsession was a bit of a roller coaster ride and the good parts helped with the grief the plot put me through while reading it....more
Devotion was good because I love romances where the heroine helps the hero recover from injury... however, it was a bit of a rip off of Flowers from tDevotion was good because I love romances where the heroine helps the hero recover from injury... however, it was a bit of a rip off of Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale. But not as good. Flowers from the storm is possibly my all time favourite book though so it's hard to compare to it!...more
Not sure about some aspects of the story. The idea was nice: Holly i.e. 'Beauty' was loved by everyone for her physical appearance. She turned herselfNot sure about some aspects of the story. The idea was nice: Holly i.e. 'Beauty' was loved by everyone for her physical appearance. She turned herself ugly because she wanted some freedom from the constraints her appearance has given her. Austyn i.e. 'Beast' wanted someone unattractive because his family was cursed to bring ruin upon wives who are beautiful. Holly wanted someone to value the person she is, so they should have worked out perfectly... Of course, it didn't.
(view spoiler)[ Austyn decided that he had to see what Holly looked like before he competed in a tournament to win her hand and the large dowry he wanted. He sees her and falls immediately in love with her appearance, like everyone else. He competes in the tournament for the now 'ugly' Holly and barely manages to continue since her appearance disgusts him so much. The thought of the money keeps him going though. Meanwhile, Holly doesn't like the look of the 'beast' and doesn't want to marry him when he wins. Given no choice, she keeps up her ugly charade to try and discourage him taking her to bed. When Austyn shaves off his beard and reveals himself as handsome enough to compete and win with Holly for best looking, Holly decides to be the best wife ever to win his love. (hide spoiler)]
I could keep going but by now your probably seeing what I did. Everything was based, in the end, on the fact they were both good looking. At one point Austyn makes an admirable effort to look past Holly's ugly appearance but in the end, it was only when Holly was revealed as beautiful, that he really became unable to tear himself away from her.
Of course there was also the problem of what happens after Austyn discovers that Holly is beautiful. (view spoiler)[ He precedes to push her under the lake to 'clean her' and follows that with ripping her clothes mostly off and dragging her through the castle, where everyone sees her almost naked. He then takes her upstairs to lock her in the tower for the next few months. Bit of an over reaction? I thought it was. Not long after Austyn locks her in the tower, he decides he has to determine if she is really a faithless whore or a virgin and precedes to have sex with her unromantically. No kissing or anything remotely nice. Holly doesn't mind of course since she loves him and it's his husbandly right (because that is a normal reaction). Since Holly is the one who should be ashamed (insert sarcasm), she is the one who tries to win Austyn's affections by letting him do whatever (sexually) to her. She loves it of course. Nice.....(you can insert some more sarcasm here). (hide spoiler)]
That all sounds quite negative, but there were aspects I liked and kept me reading. It was well written for one. It was also quite passionate.
I got Never Kiss a Rake as this month's free Samsung kindle book. It was an ok read but nothing special.
The main characters seemed more in lust than iI got Never Kiss a Rake as this month's free Samsung kindle book. It was an ok read but nothing special.
The main characters seemed more in lust than in love. I feel Byrony would have fallen in "love" with the first good looking man to pay her attention, the way the Earl did. He was just the first one she had contact with. As for him, he probably just couldn't resist a young pretty girl in his household all the time. In addition, it was odd that despite being married for ten years, as well as sleeping around, his wife never got pregnant (in a time of no reliable contraception). It seems unrealistic, unless she couldn't have kids, but there was no mention of that....more
I thought the romance could have been improved a little. It needed a bit more reasoning, beyond findiThe plot was unique and the dialogue was amusing.
I thought the romance could have been improved a little. It needed a bit more reasoning, beyond finding each other attractive and proximity etc. Much like the first two wives. Seemed a bit like it wouldn't have mattered who they were married too because they would have loved them if they were attractive and reasonably kind (especially during the first two thirds of the book). It couldn't really be helped though since the children were such a focus they took up a lot of pages in the story. For that reason, I don't usually enjoy that type of plot but in the case of The Bride and the Beast, I did enjoy it. The kids were so cute and diabolical. Even so, I have to admit, being a stepmother/parent to so many children (and counting) seems a bit like a nightmare to me. I like kids but not to that degree. I can't imagine how draining it would be to have so many mischievous (flat out naughty in some cases) children to look after. Poor Willow will never have a time in her life where she isn't raising children.
(view spoiler)[ Side note: the author really won me when Bannor didn't have any children outside of marriage and instead was taking them in to save them. So nice. (hide spoiler)]...more
Romancing the Duke was probably the best historical romance that I've read in quite a while.
It was a little like Beauty and the Beast meets CinderellRomancing the Duke was probably the best historical romance that I've read in quite a while.
It was a little like Beauty and the Beast meets Cinderella, but funnier and with more adult themes.
I loved a scarred, damaged hero and Ransom perfectly fulfilled my hopes in this regard. A once proliferate rake, brought low by circumstance but still as arrogant and prideful as ever, meets Izzy with her previous dreams of romance seemingly dashed...
Like most old-school romances, This Other Eden is essentially a story about love overcoming all odds. Also, like many old- school romances Thomas EdenLike most old-school romances, This Other Eden is essentially a story about love overcoming all odds. Also, like many old- school romances Thomas Eden has very little to recommend him before he falls in love with Marianne Locke (also after he falls in love).
However, his unreserved passion for her is what, in the end, really makes the story. This passion is the same reason why a lot of these old-school romances can be so compelling despite the often imperfect characters.
I enjoyed the story a lot but there was something missing. It took a long while to come together and I was never really sure why Marianne was so quick to marry Lord Eden after everything. It seemed a lot like her grasping at the position to be honest. I also would have liked to have seen more about Marianne's reaction to her siblings betrayals. William was another character that deserved more than what he got in the story and there needed to be more of a conclusion to his situation. However, It's possible Harris reveals more about William in the next book due to his connection to Jane.