Widow Sabrina Whitcomb needs a husband and knows that romance and matrimony aren't always compatible. While providing for her children is paramount, w...moreWidow Sabrina Whitcomb needs a husband and knows that romance and matrimony aren't always compatible. While providing for her children is paramount, wedding a stranger—even a wealthy one like Gideon St. Goddard, Duke of Stanthorpe—is no light matter. So why did the shockingly handsome rogue agree to marry her? When Gideon flashes his wicked, seductive smile, the reason hardly matters.
When I saw this book, it reminded me of the romance novels I devoured when I was in my twenties. This book was just like them. Handsome, devilish rake who can only think as far ahead as the next woman he's going to bed, falls for a woman no-one would think he could care for. It's never love at first sight, but rather lust. Love comes later as the two become more acquainted with each other, and survive some horrible occurrence that seems to put everything into perspective for the couple. It's a well-used formula that works, and works well in this book. (less)
First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attac...moreSoulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
One of the first things I noticed when reading was the style of writing. I assumed the author wrote her book in the same way of other books written during the Victorian era. I've read several classics, including Dracula, several Jane Austin, and Anne Radcliff, so I am familiar with the overly descriptive prose. It gives the book an overall Victorian tone. What I wasn't expecting was the constant POV shift between characters, and right in the middle of a scene. Very confusing.
My second observation was that for it being a Steampunk novel, there wasn't much in the way of technology. This was not a problem to me. Each writer has a different idea of what is required, technology-wise, and I was glad to see a bit more towards the end. There are a few 'steamy' scenes in the book, but nothing that could be considered erotic.
This book was recommended to me by several friends when they heard I was interested in reading Steampunk. I felt it dragged a bit, and there were a few places that I skimmed through, but overall it was an enjoyable read. There are more books in the series, but I'm not sure if I'll read them or not. (less)
Hollywood actress Stephanie Ellory worked hard to get where she is in her career, but when Ronan Roth finally ends their years long secret relationshi...moreHollywood actress Stephanie Ellory worked hard to get where she is in her career, but when Ronan Roth finally ends their years long secret relationship, Step realizes that realizes that there are some things you can't take for granted, and a good man is one of them.
I've never read a book so fast in my life and that's a good thing! This book kept me interested all the way through, and it just wasn’t the sex scenes either, although those were nice and steamy. Ms. Addams creates characters you can quickly connect with, making the comedic, the fights and the downright steamy more enticing. The only drawback was that it wasn't long enough. I would have liked to see this couple's heartache dragged out a bit more. It felt as though Stephanie learned her lesson too quickly.
I found this book while researching the origins of vampire stories. Carmilla is different from other vampire stories for several reasons, the main one...moreI found this book while researching the origins of vampire stories. Carmilla is different from other vampire stories for several reasons, the main one being the possible lesbian undertones. I had always thought the homosexual characteristic was a more modern trait. Whether or not the author intended this, I don't know, but it's clear from the prose that this creature of the night was very attracted to her victim.
The story is told in hindsight essay from the main character, Laura, as she writes down her account of what happened from several years later. When Carmilla's carriage is involved in an accident outside of their home, Carmilla's mother is distraught and at the insistence of Laura's father, the young girl is left behind to get better while her travelling companions continue on, reassuring them that they will be back for her in three months' time.
Shortly after the young girl arrives, odd things begin to happen. Mostly through Laura's dreams. Apart from Carmilla's strange behaviour (here is where the overtones appear), nothing is out of the ordinary. Not even when people begin to die in the local village. It isn't until a dear friend arrives that they begin to see their house guest for what she truly is.
I found this book to be one of the more easier reads. The link below gives you more information.
In my quest to read more classic novels, I came across this book on Kobo under their public domain section.
First published in 1778, it is not an orig...moreIn my quest to read more classic novels, I came across this book on Kobo under their public domain section.
First published in 1778, it is not an original piece, but rather a re-write of another book; The Castle of Otranto which was written twenty years prior. I found this very interesting, as now a days, such an undertaking would be nothing short of plagiarism. Curious, I looked up and downloaded the original book as well.
An English Baron is the tale of a young man, a peasant by birth (or so we are led to believe), friended by the Lord of the land and given opportunities alongside his Master's children. After spending a night in the 'haunted' part of the castle, young Edmund begins a journey to discover who he really is.
It is a story of jealousy and envy, and how keeping your enemies in your heart, despite their transgressions, will make you the better person. (less)
If you love vampires, you must have this book in your collection. Written during the last years of the 19th century, it's considered by many to be a go...moreIf you love vampires, you must have this book in your collection. Written during the last years of the 19th century, it's considered by many to be a gothic novel due to the ominous and dark prose.
The first thing that caught my eye is that the entire book it told not in one POV, but rather, in several and all through letters, journal entries and business correspondence. Having seen the movie, I can understand why the director would chose to take Mina POV through the movie.
Another thing that caught my eye was the prose. It was an awkward read. Flowery prose that often goes into great detail and descriptions. The dialogue left me shaking my head and wondering if Victorian England really spoke that way, and I had to constantly remind myself that this was the way they wrote novels back then. Anyone who has read a Jane Austin novel can understand.
Christian Thompson died, leaving behind his young daughter Aurora in the care of her uncaring mother. Christian doesn't want to leave his daughter alo...moreChristian Thompson died, leaving behind his young daughter Aurora in the care of her uncaring mother. Christian doesn't want to leave his daughter alone, but there are other things that lurk in the spirit world besides him, and they're not very nice. He's introduced to other spirits that are part of a group out to protect humans from these dark entities.
This is the first book in a series the author is writing. I was really excited about reading it. It's the first paranormal book I've found that wasn't YA. Ms. O'Donnell's take on the spirit world is original and unique, but I couldn't immerse myself in the world she created due to weak writing and a weak plot. There were too many dialogue tags and the overall story left me a little flat. There was a lot about this world that I wanted the author to show me, but it never came about.
Like I said, I did like her take on the spirit world. The thought that there could be wandering souls looking out for us is rather comforting, but in the end, it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the story. (less)
What if you were accidentally thrown back in time a hundred years, would you willing try to change events? Or would you try to blend in with society a...moreWhat if you were accidentally thrown back in time a hundred years, would you willing try to change events? Or would you try to blend in with society as best as you could?
This is the dilemma faced by Sam Altair and Casey Wilson when they are thrown back to turn of the century Ireland. It's the turn of the century and Ireland is a country of turmoil. The hatred between Catholics and Protestants is rampant and one of the worse maritime disasters—the sinking of the Titanic, is just a few years away.
With knowledge of future events, Sam and Casey try to accustomed themselves to their new lifestyle, but when Casey falls in love with the designer of the ill-fated ship, they are both torn between saving his life and possible altering the timeline, or let history repeat itself.
Review: I'm not a fan of alternate timeline stories but this was more than just a 'what if' story, it's heart-wrenching story of a life that was cut short in one timeline, and given a second chance in another. (less)
For my first steampunk read, this was an excellent story! Just enough action and intrigue to keep me reading. Interesting characters set against a bac...moreFor my first steampunk read, this was an excellent story! Just enough action and intrigue to keep me reading. Interesting characters set against a backdrop of bandits, thieves and an interesting and rare element. I can't wait to read more!(less)