I remember reading this book when it was first released in 1985 when I was a young teenager. I loved it then because Henri wasn't a dishrag of a he4.5
I remember reading this book when it was first released in 1985 when I was a young teenager. I loved it then because Henri wasn't a dishrag of a heroine and there was actually some sex in the book! Like I said, I was a teenager. So, now that I am in my 'middle age' it's interesting to read this book that came with me every with every move, in every state and with every change of my life. Now I can read these period books with much more knowledge of the historical period than before. I know that women had no rights back then and they weren't supposed to behave in certain ways that might make 'modern' women love them. This time around I found myself thinking Henri was an idiot whereas the first time around in 1985 I thought she was pretty awesome.
Regardless, Ms. Balogh gave us a great book in 1985 and the 2016 book is still good. It still made me laugh with Henri's siblings, pets and nanny. I felt sorry for the poor Duke a few times when her younger siblings kept up their hijinks and he had to 'clean up' after them. Yes, I still think this is a good book, just not as awesome as I thought it was when I was a kid. ...more
3.5 I remember being none too impressed with this book when I read it as a teenager at its first release as a paperback. So now, as a book on my Kindl3.5 I remember being none too impressed with this book when I read it as a teenager at its first release as a paperback. So now, as a book on my Kindle and as an adult, I didn't hate it, but the first half was not so easy to get through. Neither Jason Thomas (the Duke) and St. John Basil St. Charles (the Marquis) were likeable, though they had their moments. Regina also had her moments, but she was also a young, innocent girl not raised in society. Now that I understand the reality of what society was like at that period of time, while I can't say I love it I can say it wasn't as terrible as I thought it was when I was twelve. ...more
I wanted to like this one more, really I did. I was excited to read it after Cheetah's Craving (Curvy Girls Mail Order Brides Club, #1) however thereI wanted to like this one more, really I did. I was excited to read it after Cheetah's Craving (Curvy Girls Mail Order Brides Club, #1) however there was barely a story here. There was a lot of sex with almost no plot. Very disappointing. ...more
This is the seventeenth book of the Wiccan Haus Series from Decadent Publishing. Wiccan Haus is on an island off the coast of Maine and it is magicallThis is the seventeenth book of the Wiccan Haus Series from Decadent Publishing. Wiccan Haus is on an island off the coast of Maine and it is magically protected with a thick fog around is, and a magical boundary beneath the surface as well. It’s kind of a paranormal spa yet they do have regular humans go there also. It is also an island given to four of the Rowan’s, Cyrus, Cemil, Sarka and Sage, after an attack on their family.
We begin this story with Janessa, a Rowan cousin and one of the best Curse Breakers. She is in love with her mate, Silvano, and he seems to be in love with an old girlfriend who also happens to be a distant Rowan relative. Silvano is a vampire from a royal vampire family who had apparently been cursed by a grandmother Rowan so none of them can even touch some of their priceless heirlooms that prove they’re true leaders of the vampire. Nessa is meeting with some of her contacts so she can break the mating bond with Silvano (hence the title) since he will never love her. She arranges for him to come to the Wiccan Haus along with his parents and his ex girlfriend under the guise of viewing a Rowan healing ceremony.
Silvano is pretty much a jerk for the first half of the story. He doesn’t love her, he barely likes her, he doesn’t trust her, he hates her family, his parents HATE Janessa, they treat her like crap all the time, he hates how much he needs Nessa and he doesn’t understand why he has to be there with her. Imagine a cranky child saying those things… Okay, so all the Rowans on the island are a little uptight for this week as it’s the seventh anniversary of the killings of their sisters, hence the Healing Ceremony. Nessa has a side ceremony that she hasn’t told Silvano about, and that is the breaking of their bond. She’s also working with Sarka to un-curse the heirloom of his family. Obviously she’s a little busy during this visit. I had to read this twice since I read it so fast the first time I felt I missed something. Also, I had a real difficult time reading it at first since Nessa was kind of being a martyr and Silvano’s family and the ex were treating her terribly.
I actually thought that Ms. Eastwick was going to give us what I hate in any romance book – an ending that isn’t happy. Luckily she didn’t do that, so I can safely continue to refer to her as my favorite author! I have read all of the Wiccan Haus books, enjoyed some more than others, but they were quite good. None of the books are dependent on the others, but I highly recommend you read them in order so you understand the supporting characters and the ‘rules’ of the island. I have loved what Ms. Eastwick’s written for Decadent Publishing but I adore what she does with Wiccan Haus specifically. Her Wiccan Haus characters are excellent and her twists and turns keep me riveted. I was quite pleased she gave us some hints to the Rowan’s past and that she includes Rekkus, Dana and their babies. I can’t wait to read more Wiccan Haus! ...more