Having never read Loretta Chase's work, I was anxious to read Royally Ever After. I wasn't put off by the shortness, I tend to enjoy novellas and wasHaving never read Loretta Chase's work, I was anxious to read Royally Ever After. I wasn't put off by the shortness, I tend to enjoy novellas and was hoping it would give me a nice feel for her style/voice.
I did get a feel, and did enjoy the two stories. I will say that there's not a lot of meat to either one. Lord Lovendon's Duel was the stronger of the two, and very charming. The Jilting of Lord Rothwick began and ended abruptly, but what we do get I enjoyed.
I feel Royally Ever After will best suit those who, like me, want a taste of Loretta Chase's work, to see if it's a good match. It will also likely please readers who are familiar with the world in which the stories/characters belong, and are clamoring for more from a beloved author. I, myself, am now anxious to give one of her novels a go. ...more
Four Nights with the Duke was such a delight! In this story, we have Mia-a romance novelist who writes about the type of love she wants to experience
Four Nights with the Duke was such a delight! In this story, we have Mia-a romance novelist who writes about the type of love she wants to experience. She suffers from terrible self-esteem, majorly stemming from a humiliating rejection from Vander, from whom she'd written an ode at fifteen. Vander also happens to be the son of Mia's father's mistress, a truly scandalous and hurtful situation for both. Thirteen years later, Mia needs a husband to maintain custody of her mildly physically disabled, abused nephew (it seems he may have a club foot?). She has blackmail material against Vander, and voila, we have a marriage-of-convenience.
This trope always makes for a good story, even more so under these strained circumstances. I loved experiencing Mia's transformation from a meek wallflower into a woman who knows her worth, amd demands its due. I loved seeing Vander begin to transform from a cold, ruthless man who never wants to fall in love, to a man who realizes that he's inadvertly found a treasure in Mia and her nephew, Charlie. Btw, I dare anyone not to melt while reading scenes between Vander and Charlie.
Vander's uncle Chuffy was a winner, as were the brief scenes including Thorne and India (from Three Weeks with Lady X). I'm interested to see if a particularly interesting character (Edward) will be the hero of the next book.. And though I'm not typically a big fan of animals being heavily featured in books, be on the look out for the Arabian stallion, Jafeer.
Four Nights with the Duke was such an endearing story. If you love strong, insightful heroines and the men who fall madly in love with them, I highly recommend. ...more
Three Weeks with Lady X is my first Eloisa James book. I'm thrilled her work lived up to the hype.
I found the story and characters to be enormously inThree Weeks with Lady X is my first Eloisa James book. I'm thrilled her work lived up to the hype.
I found the story and characters to be enormously interesting, lively and winning. The story revolves centers on the tumultuous, sometimes contentious, and eventually friendly and romantic friendship between India and Thorn. India and Thorn believe they would be a horrible match, with him even looking for marriage elsewhere, and her not really looking at all. Their views on life and love, due to the emotional damages from their parents, along with the assumptions that come from the rigid expectations of society, threaten to keep the two infuriating oblivious, enormously stubborn knuckleheads from realizing the are perfect together.
And I loved Three Weeks with Lady X.
The story had excellent dialogue (oh, the banter!), chemistry, sexual tension, and conflict. The second half ramped the angst and tension to an unbelievable level. I could not put this book down until the happy ending was delivered.
Highly recommend, and looking forward to book two! ...more
** 3.5 stars ** I've been anticipating The Devilish Mr. Danvers since the moment I finished reading book one in The Rakes of Fallow Hall, The Elusive L** 3.5 stars ** I've been anticipating The Devilish Mr. Danvers since the moment I finished reading book one in The Rakes of Fallow Hall, The Elusive Lord Everhart. The rakes in question: Everhart, Danvers and Montwood, made a high-stakes wager, the man who remains unmarried after a year will receive £10,000. In the first book, Everhart and Calliope truly fell in love (after years of loving one another from afar), leaving Danvers and Montwood to duke it out for the big prize.
In what is no surprise, given the title, it is now Rafe Danvers's turn. The woman who brings the confirmed bachelor to his knees is Hedley Sinclair, the younger sister of his former fiancé. Okay, so not only do we have that lovely bit of baggage, but it turns out that Hedley was hidden away by her family, and Danvers never even knew she was his fiancé's sister. Why was Hedley her family's big secret? As far as I can tell, it was due to not looking like her mother or sister, being severely traumatized by a horrible accident, as well as her sister's jealousy. Trust me, that whole issue was kind of weird and a bit far-fetched. But what do I know? *shrug*
There's also the issue of Hedley's inheritance if her grandfather's home, Greyson Park. A home Rafe Danvers is desperate to own because his own family's fortune is within. So really, The Devilish Mr. Danvers has quite the plot, and though I sometimes found Hedley's backstory and subsequent recovery to be a little much, as well as her freaking crazy family, it was a very fun and engaging story. And I did adore both Hedley and Rafe.
I loved that Calliope and Gabriel had so much page time. If possible, I think I adore Calliope even more now, and I loved seeing the two as happy newlyweds. Another interesting bit was Lucan Montwood! He is very elusive and it seems he has a huge secret he's hiding from even his housemates and best friends. Needless to say, I'm now anxiously awaiting his book, The Maddening Lord Montwood.
The Rakes of Fallow Hall is such a fun, engaging series. I've read each installment in a matter of hours, and was left with a happy smile on my face....more