She’s going to get her man and she’s going to get him good–or bad. Doesn’t matter as long as he’s hers.
This is my first book by Nicole Jordan, but itShe’s going to get her man and she’s going to get him good–or bad. Doesn’t matter as long as he’s hers.
This is my first book by Nicole Jordan, but it won’t be my last. The characters were engaging and interesting. Many had flaws and were easy to relate to. The writing is mostly crisp, although there were some moments of telling and not showing me the story. At times I felt like I was right there with the characters and other times not.
I’ve said the characters were interesting. They were. Lady Skye is unique. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. I liked that. Some of her methods were a tad…pushy. Actually, she was really pushy. I liked her, but there were moments I thought she over-stepped her boundaries. When she wanted something she got a tad abrasive. Now, that’s not to say she’s a bad character. She just knows how to get what she wants.
Then there’s Hawk. The guy is battered material. He’s been through the wringer. His wife and two-year-old boy were killed in a fire and he couldn’t save them. Talk about a downer! So he’s got a lot of pent up depression. I kind of liked his brooding quality–he had a good reason to be upset. What irked me about him was as much as he’s supposed to be this strong, commanding guy, he pretty much let Skye walk all over him in order to get what she wanted. He could get terse with her, but at the same time, he didn’t mean much of it.
Now, that sounds like I wasn’t thrilled with this book. I did like it. And the side story with Rachel, Daphne and Cornelius was great. I would enjoy reading more about them. I also did enjoy the way this story progressed. I hated having to walk away from the book and even though the characters irritated me, they got under my skin and I was thoroughly engaged. I thought about them long after I closed the book. That’s a sign I was hooked.
If you want a book with a little pluck, a little spice, and a handsome Lord, then this might be the book for you. ...more
Have you ever wondered what happened after Pride and Prejudice ended?
I must confess that reading Most Truly was my first venture in to reading a storyHave you ever wondered what happened after Pride and Prejudice ended?
I must confess that reading Most Truly was my first venture in to reading a story that followed the beloved characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Furthermore, Kitty and Colonel Fitzwiliam aren’t characters that I spent a lot of time thinking about after reading Pride and Prejudice. However, after reading the blurb for Most Truly, my interest was piqued. I found myself wondering if Kitty found happiness like her older sisters.
I enjoyed getting to know Kitty a little better in this novella. My previous assessment of her wasn’t entirely favorable. However, I liked Ms. Williams’ interpretation of Kitty’s character. She is a sweet young woman with a great sense of fun and innocence about her. Kitty’s efforts to improve herself and form lasting and meaningful connections with the people around her are certainly commendable as well. By the time I finished reading, I found I’d be happy to call Kitty a friend.
I do think that the relationship between Kitty and Colonel Fitzwilliam progressed too quickly. I would have liked them to spend more time getting to know each other before falling completely in love. They have excellent chemistry, and I would have liked to explore that more.
There are a couple obstacles on the path to Kitty and Fitzwilliam’s happy ending, but they were resolved much too quickly. I would have liked the various conflicts to be teased out more. This would have added more suspense to the story. While I enjoyed how the tale concluded, I was left wanting a bit more depth.
I found Most Truly to be an entertaining read. Kitty is a breath of fresh air, and her story is a good book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon while waiting for spring to arrive. Anyone who likes their historical romance short and sweet should give Most Truly a try. ...more
This was a refreshing time travel story because it didn’t take itself too seriously with paradoxes and worries about exact science or ripple effects iThis was a refreshing time travel story because it didn’t take itself too seriously with paradoxes and worries about exact science or ripple effects in time. What was relevant was the romance between André and Maya – how they met, what they did and how their love grew. It’s a story of two people whose only difference, besides being man and woman, was being born in a different time and country.
I have to smile because all the tricky explanations of how many things are able to happen in the first place can be summed up in one word – magic. The author had fun wrapping the fabric of time around her finger and created a very interesting world of possibility. It’s said that with all things, love makes the impossible, possible. Ms. Leon certainly explored the sticky wicket of what happens if someone says or does the wrong thing back in time and affects the current time. I liked what she came up with. It was inventive, unique and although some critics would say it was a trifle too pat, I say, it’s magic, and magic defies logic. So just sit back and enjoy a good tale. The author delivers some solid entertainment in Fairy in the Flesh.
I enjoyed how André’s character was depicted. He’s passionate, emotional, but not in a wimpy whiny kind of way, and a lustsome man with strong urges. Yet, he’s reverent too and all of that handsome yumminess is focused on Maya. The author wrote some delightfully sexy scenes with a few naughty shenanigans thrown in for extra spice, like a brief moment of voyeurism. There is a BDSM flavor to a couple of the scenes but nothing that falls into the standard definition of that kind of relationship. I liked how carried away they sometimes got as well as how each encounter sparked a creative genius in the hero and a strengthening love in Maya. In essence, they were seducing each other.
The ending is a sweet happy ever after. The difference Maya’s love had on André is never more clear or as profound as what is revealed at the end. At one point I was aghast that she was arrested. But never fear. Ms. Leon knew exactly what she was doing and I was wowed by that clever twist. I think it was that part that made this story so much better. I was surprised and emotionally shocked because by then I was invested in caring for the heroine. How could the author DO that to her? The answer was astounding.
Fairy in the Flesh is a good story. It has its surprises but it’s the chemistry and fireworks between André and Maya that drew me in and kept me. I loved the descriptions of the magic at work and although it conveniently removed any complications from the lack of logic, I was fine with that. It allowed me to concentrate on the good stuff – the hero and heroine and their fiery, wild and oh-so-satisfying sex life and the proof of the power of love. What’s not to like about that? ...more
Two questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only timeTwo questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only time will tell if he figures out the answer to either of them.
Damian wasn’t exactly a saint during his short first life, and his thirst for violence only becomes more unquenchable once he begins his Undead one. His severe lack of empathy and self-awareness brings depth to his personality even if certain horrid choices make it difficult to find many positive things to say about him early on. What I found most interesting about Damian’s character development, though, was how slowly it takes place. Centuries can pass between the first glimmer of change and the next step in Damian’s evolution, but because those moments are given so much time to take hold in his mind they always felt genuine to this reader.
I would have liked to see more time spent exploring the personalities and interests of Damian’s potential life partners. Some of them are developed well enough for me to understand his attraction to them, but others were given very little time to express their unique qualities. Even love at first sight eventually needs something to back up that first flush of emotion, and this novel would have easily earned a much higher rating had I better understood why he chose some of his paramours.
From the opening scene Mr. de Vissage kept my interest piqued with strong, even pacing. By covering Damian’s journey through such an incredibly long period of time the author is able to slowly build a complex supernatural society that would have been hard to flesh out in such detail in a shorter story. I found certain subplots even more captivating than the focus of Damian’s mission because of how expertly the author weaves everything together from one millennia to the next.
As someone who has never had any exposure to the French language, it was sometimes difficult for me to determine the meanings of French words and phrases that show up routinely in the first few sections of this novel. Some of them were easy to figure out because their English equivalents were so similar to them, but certain words remained a mystery to me until the end. While I understand why the author wanted Damian to retain this part of his heritage, it would have been helpful to either have had a glossary of the terms at the beginning of the book or more context clues about their meanings embedded in the text near them.
By far my favourite part of this book involves how effortlessly the author brings back the traditional approach to vampire mythology. Damian and his associates are sexually alluring to humans, but they are also extremely dangerous, unpredictable creatures. The horror elements of this tale are ubiquitous and include the darkest themes of that genre.
I would especially recommend The Night Man Cometh to anyone who is a fan of Dracula. Even with its flaws, this is a noteworthy example of what vampire fiction can be. ...more
I have come across few characters as stubborn as Edward and Jennifer. They are both so set on having tEdward and Jennifer are their own worst enemies.
I have come across few characters as stubborn as Edward and Jennifer. They are both so set on having their own way that they often speak and act without thinking. As a result, they fail to see the hurt they often inflict on each other. Even after the engagement is ended, Edward and Jennifer’s paths cross often because their brothers are best friends who can’t manage to stay out of trouble and are rescued by Edward on more than one occasion. The more time that Edward and Jennifer spend together, the more obvious their affection for each other becomes. Unfortunately, Edward and Jennifer are the only ones incapable of recognizing how much in love they truly are.
Jennifer and Edward have great chemistry. When they relax and enjoy each other’s company, they are very fun to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed their teasing banter as well as their more tender moments. As the story progressed, I must admit that I became increasingly frustrated with Edward and Jennifer’s inability to be honest about their emotions. For the most part, nothing stood in the way of their happiness except themselves. They seemed bent on making excuses and misinterpretations of all sorts. Despite my frustration, Ms. Statham always left a glimmer of hope that Edward and Jennifer would find their way back to each other, which made it a bit easier for me to tolerate their behavior.
There are a few interesting side stories sprinkled throughout the book. Some had more bearing on the main plot than others, but they were all amusing. I must admit that I expected them to impact Edward and Jennifer’s future much more than they did, and I was a bit disappointed when they didn’t. However, the stories do serve to illustrate what a kind, loyal, and strong man Edward is.
The Portrait is a thoroughly entertaining read. Edward and Jennifer are very likable and their happy ending is sweet if a bit surprising. I definitely recommend it to fans of historical romance. ...more
Jocelyn and Leo’s story is riveting from beginning to end. Not only does it have an enchanting love story, but the budding relationship is surroundedJocelyn and Leo’s story is riveting from beginning to end. Not only does it have an enchanting love story, but the budding relationship is surrounded with mystery, murder, complicated in-laws, and conspiracy. This story truly has something for everyone and I just could not get enough of it.
Jocelyn’s background can be considered sketchy at best, but if you pull back the layers you see a woman who is a victim of circumstance trying to do the best for herself and her mother. Jocelyn took on the role of caretaker to her ailing mother at a young age, no matter the consequences to herself. This immediately made her character endearing to me. I can say that I wanted her to have a happy ending from beginning to end, and sometimes questioned if Leo was capable of giving that to her.
Leo is a man of mystery to say the least. His deceased wife met with an untimely death leaving him the sole caretaker for their daughter, and trying to find a suitable replacement. Jocelyn seemed to be a wife of convenience for him, since she had some of the traits his previous wife lacked such as discretion and loyalty. The author wrote his character as one of mystery in many ways and I never quite knew if Leo was the hero or the enemy. I found this entertaining and definitely added depth to the story. Even in the end I found myself questioning his integrity. One thing I did not question, however was his feelings towards Jocelyn. I could immediately tell he was smitten by her, even if he did not recognize his developing feelings towards her. This made me want him to be the good hearted man he tried to appear to be, because I knew if he was, he would be the man to care for sweet (but not so innocent) Jocelyn, which she needed and deserved.
This plot had more twists and turns than a windy road in the middle of the night. I can honestly say that the author surprised me with some of the angles of the story. This kept me enthralled the entire time, and wanting to find out more and more. I am new to author Shelley Munro’s work, but I can say that after reading this story, I would love to read more. ...more
Being a vampire doesn’t mean Sebastian can do anything he wants to do. Unfortunately his brother hasn’t figured that out yet, and unless something hap Being a vampire doesn’t mean Sebastian can do anything he wants to do. Unfortunately his brother hasn’t figured that out yet, and unless something happens soon Julian might not get another chance to learn that lesson.
One of my favorite things about vampire literature is figuring out what rules govern them in each universe. Every author chooses a unique set of abilities and limitations for their vampires, and this book’s interpretation of it snagged my attention immediately. It was very helpful to know what to expect from them so early on in the plot as some of the author’s rules are quite different from other vampire stories I’ve read.
I would have liked to see more time spent developing the personalities of the main characters. There were a few times in which certain individuals make choices that seem out of character for them based what I learned about them earlier. With more information I would have had an easier time determining if these decisions were meant to illuminate parts of their personalities that had previously been unexamined or if they were actually inconsistencies. I had some trouble connecting to the characters as they were written due to this confusion.
The horror genre is strongly represented in this book, and some of the most frightening scenes are fairly graphic. They work well within the plot, though, and even manage to tie together some of the most easily recognizable tropes from science fiction, horror, and steampunk. What surprised me the most was where Ms. Langston deviates from what I expected to happen. Her creative approach to all three genres made my first introduction to her work memorable, and I’m looking forward to reading more from her soon.
A Clockwork Army is a good introduction to steampunk. I would especially recommend this novella to anyone who is curious about this sub-genre but has yet to give it a try!
Filed Under: Horror, Reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Tagged With: Historical, Horror, Samhain Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Story, Three Stars...more
Imagine helping your mother clean up an old house that is part of the Historical Society’s inventory and finding a loose board that holds an old, oldImagine helping your mother clean up an old house that is part of the Historical Society’s inventory and finding a loose board that holds an old, old diary. Would you tell your mother and give it up or would you keep it and read it? Emily Grace (called Em) did what I would do: She kept it to read.
Ms. Norkus mixes Civil War history, time travel, slavery, and a modern girl all together in a story that I found fascinating. The more of the diary she reads, the more Em gets caught up in Sarah’s life. When she finds out Sarah’s husband dies at the hands of the military, she is devastated.
The author makes Em a young woman who has begun to fall away from God and her church. She doesn’t believe God is there. None of her prayers get answered. Reading about Sarah’s husband Robert dying makes her angry and she shouts at God, giving Him her whole list of grievances. Em is fifteen and I remember what puberty was like; I cried all the time. Em carries a lot of anger. What she didn’t expect was to be transported back in time. Apparently God does listen. Going back 150 years means things are quite different there. She finds Sarah and they take her in but she has no real plan to save Robert.
The author works with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, so her information about the times and practices of the era are accurate. The only hesitation I had about the story was that Em changes history while she’s there. And, any change you make in history would affect the future, but the only thing that really changed in the future was the diary and a sign. I had a difficult time believing nothing else was affected.
Overall, this is a very nice read and young women readers should find it fascinating. There’s history, the beginning of romance for Em and it has a happy ending. It also might lead them to read more about the Civil War era. The Christianity is lightly stated and not overwhelming. Why not give it a try and see what you think?...more
This is a tale of love, betrayal, dragons, and an impossible quest. It is set very loosely in the dark ages in Ireland and the seas to the northwest.
TThis is a tale of love, betrayal, dragons, and an impossible quest. It is set very loosely in the dark ages in Ireland and the seas to the northwest.
The duke’s son-in-law is killed at the end of a ten year war, and the duke, in failing health, needs to secure the power for his grandsons. He therefore requires Kale mac Tadhg to break off his betrothal to his beloved Aoife and instead marry the slain prince’s widow, because Kale and his father are completely loyal to the duke. Before the marriage can take place, Kale is betrayed by the duke’s enemies, and as Kale attempts to save Aoife from abduction, he is captured and handed over to corsairs. He is taken aboard their ship to be sold as a slave in a distant port. However, the corsairs are attacked by draugr… and thus begins a tale fit for legends.
L. T. Getty demonstrates that she has researched both Irish and Norse cultures in the 1000’s and her novel accurately reflects these societies. She has woven a complex and intricate plot filled with interesting, well-defined, and well-rounded characters. She has described a heroic quest undertaken by a strong woman, the former betrothed Aoife. Along the way Aoife is aided by others in her attempt to find Kale and defeat the witch in the tower. Getty has fashioned a believable world filled with humans, gods and dragons. Her descriptions of sailing across uncharted waters towards Nordic colonies are harrowing and compelling.
Getty does an excellent job of shifting between Kale and Aoife after Kale is carried away. The shifts are natural and easy to follow so that the timeline of events is consistent and well presented. The novel is fast paced, and the pages just turn themselves. The ending of the novel is most satisfactory, and the story lines are tied up in a way that seems natural and believable.
I really enjoyed this novel, and I can certainly recommend it to any fans of historical fantasy. I hope to read more of Getty’s novels in the future as she is an excellent story teller and writer.
Looking for an entertaining historical read that’s not your typical? I recommend giving Alaina Claiborne a try.
I was ready to review this as soon as ILooking for an entertaining historical read that’s not your typical? I recommend giving Alaina Claiborne a try.
I was ready to review this as soon as I saw the words “British Agent”. Admit it, that sounds very James Bond, doesn’t it? And, perhaps our hero, Tristan, doesn’t have all the 007 trappings, but he still makes a fine spy. Of course, he doesn’t count on falling in love with Alaina, and that changes everything. The good news is, she is the perfect match for him.
Ms. McClintock does a fine job creating interesting and memorable characters in this book. While the plot might be a bit predictable in spots, it’s still entertaining and in some cases will keep you on the edge of your seat. Too, I rolled my eyes a few times at some of Alaina’s choices, but I still very much enjoyed the read mainly because I was attached to the characters. Each was an individual and very well drawn, to the point I’d have recognized them if they walked down the street.
The romance is sweet and touches the heart. They are so genuinely fond of each other, and are friends first and that makes it memorable and different than the norm. I’d love to find my own Tristan (or even one of his friends … they were yummy and noble, too, and I’m guessing they’ll be featured in upcoming releases in this series, thankfully).
So if you like a sweet historical romance that doesn’t have all its scenes in ballrooms (or even in Europe), and if you like a bit of mystery with your courting, I recommend Alaina Claiborne.
The quiet, safe life Hedra St Neot has lived all her twenty-two years is not like the Cornish coast she moves to, where the ocean beats against the coThe quiet, safe life Hedra St Neot has lived all her twenty-two years is not like the Cornish coast she moves to, where the ocean beats against the coast, storms come quickly, and caves for smugglers abound.
This is a good story to settle down with after a long day of stress. It takes the reader to another time and place and reveals a slice of life from the point of view of Hedra who is a naïve, but spunky young woman. She has a strong sense of right and wrong. Even though she comes from wealth and position, she relates to the needs and circumstances of the hardworking people of Mellin Cove. She is appalled at the way her villainous Uncle Edgar has treated them.
Hedra goes to live with her brother Kit who inherited Mellin Manor. She renews her acquaintance with Jem Pentreath the hardworking fishing boat owner and the son of a farmer. He sets her heart aflutter making her realize that the rich mine owner Edward Tremaine, who wants to marry her, is nothing more than a good friend. How she works out the dilemma of Jem seemingly not wanting her when she wants him and Edward wanting her and her not wanting him keeps the reader turning pages.
The secondary characters mainly set the stage for Hedra’s love story, while showing the living conditions, hopes and desires of the people in Hedra’s life.
Danger at Mellin Cove is a gentle story that is told in a way that made me feel as if I were seeing the action from a distance and not experiencing what was happening. The danger scenes and love scenes were not developed enough to rev up emotions for me. However, I did enjoy this book and had the feeling that all was right with the hero and heroine’s world at the end and that they had acted honorably in all their dealings. Hedra and Jem would make super good neighbors.
One of the things I enjoy most about Ms. Trissel’s writing is her amazing ability to transport readers directly into herMs. Trissel has done it again!
One of the things I enjoy most about Ms. Trissel’s writing is her amazing ability to transport readers directly into her stories. Her mastery of descriptive language never ceases to amaze me. “Green-gold light streamed through the rippling leaves while high overhead a yellow warbler trilled sweet, sweet, sweet and the warmth of hay-scented fern wafted on the mild breeze.” After reading this first sentence, I already felt as if I were standing next to Kira in the woods. I could see, hear, and smell everything she did. Completely immersed in the story, I eagerly dove into the pages that followed.
Kira is certainly a spirited young woman. She wants to live her life on her own term, but that proves to be much more difficult than she ever imagined. Logan is the only man Kira has ever loved and she is determined not to marry anyone else. Kira goes to extreme measures to ensure that no one else wants to marry her. While her odd way of behaving has successfully kept unwanted suitors away, it has also ensured that people have a hard time believing her when she is actually telling the truth.
Kira’s brash behavior frequently gets her into some interesting situations. I couldn’t help but laugh the first time that Logan and Kira meet. Kira is alone in the woods when she sees someone coming toward her. Before Kira realizes who Logan is, she makes an ill fated attempt to hide that had me smiling and shaking my head.
Logan is the perfect man for Kira, but he is also deeply conflicted. Logan claims that he belongs with the Shawnee, but it is very clear that he still harbors strong feelings for his old home and community. I have a feeling that Logan and Kira are going to face a very tough decision concerning where they are going to make their home. Logan has found a new family among the Shawnee, but Kira desperately wants him to reclaim his family’s old homestead. Will they ever find a place where they both truly belong?
I have been a fan of Ms. Trissel’s work for years. Kira, Daughter of the Moon completely lived up to every one of my expectations. I highly recommend this wonderfully written tale to anyone who loves historical romance.
Never too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought thaNever too Late by Chris Quinton I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought that he was going to die. He was physically ill and heartbroken. Tom loves Stuart, but after Stuart’s second chance at love he is still not ready for a second chance at love. Age difference also plays a part in Stuart’s decision.
Chosen by Pelaam This is a nice dark Gothic tale. I actually wanted the Vampire Dragomir to get his love. When his love is not ready to embrace the life a vampire, he gets used as a pawn to destroy Dragomir. I really liked the Vampire world that Pelaam created, and I want to go back. Alexandru is innocent and young, which is the case for many vampire victims. However the attraction and love that Alexandru feels proves that he is not a victim at all. I liked the dark and frightening aspect of this story! I cannot wait for sequels, or a longer look into Pelaam’s imagination.
Smoke Break by Allison Cassatta What would you do if you saw an attractive man enjoying himself? I know what I would do! That is what Daryl does when he sees Charlie after their brief encounter. This is a hot, steamy, short and arousing story! You’ll need a cold shower after this one.
Watching for Love by Sara York This is a sexy look into Mac, a man who cannot stop watching the man he loves: Ryan. He is afraid to talk to him, so he uses voyeurism as his only release. Ryan is not afraid and finally decides to call Mac on his behavior. Ryan uses dominance to teach Mac a lesson, and the lesson he learns is that he loves Ryan even more than he thought. If you fantasize about voyeurism, and brief dominance, then you will love this story.
Far from Home by Serena Yates I think that two men who want to be left alone make the perfect match! When Luca gets rejected from his family for being gay he has no choice but to live alone. On his adventure he finds a wounded dog. The dog’s owner finds him just in time to accuse him of hurting the dog. After a trip to the Vet, and after Jonathan realizes that he was wrong in his assumption there is an apology. Along with Jonathan apologizing he offers Luca to spend the night. Luca falls for Jonathan’s plan, and a night turns into a lifetime of true love.
Lord Godiva’s Pony Training by S.A. Garcia Would you help your lover live out his fantasy? Matt’s lover does when he comes home early to catch Matt engaging in Pony Play. This older couple definitely loves each other enough to live out each other’s fantasies. Matt made a great story teller and was indeed funny. There were a few times I found myself laughing and smiling. I learned something, love a good fantasy and laughed all at the same time!
A Return to Normalcy by Anel Viz This is a story about a man that cares about everyone else but himself. He still eats dinner with his wife once a week while having a bipolar lover. This only confuses the family members more, especially his son. It is only after Patrick learns to take care of himself that the people in his life do as well. This leads to a happy coexistence for all of them. I liked the story and would not mind hearing more about the other characters.
Solitude Disrupted by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde I didn’t know what to expect with 2 different authors. What I found was the touching story of how Heath opens up Quinn’s heart. Quinn is a shut in, and does not want to deal with anybody, especially not Heath. However as Heath uses his determination on Quinn a bond is made. They decide to let each other be and to live with each other. Before that truce can happen there is a lot of arguing and power plays, in and out of the bed. If I was stuck in Paradise with a hot man, I would find reasons to argue and make up too!
Leap of Faith by Lexi Ander A bachelor party gone wrong changes everything for Ben. It is only after he finds himself that he can let Dawson love him, like he thought his previous fiancé did.
Clean Monday by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly When you are at the end of your rope, and no one cares about you, what do you do? Aleczander decides there is nothing left for him. So he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. Only he survives, and discovers that people do care. Especially about him. He realizes that there are support groups. Then he finds Tommy. I believe in life. Death is never the answer and this book proves that point beautifully.
My Unintended by Faith Ashlin The grass is not always greener on the other side. This book to me was about sibling rivalry. Noah is living with Greg. However, when his parents change their will to leave their house to his sister with kids, he starts to think that he is missing something. It is only after he realizes that he is giving up more by leaving Greg does he learn what he truly wants.
Roadside Rescue by Nicole Dennis I would love to be rescued by a strange sexy man who invited me back to his house! Especially if he is a Deputy! He must have handcuffs! This story was fun to read and the ending of this one alone was worth buying this whole book!
Unmasked by Patricia Logan This story had everything, sexy men, BDSM, love and trust. Byron becomes Anthony’s slave, and he likes it. This story was written in a very steamy way! If you like reading about sex, than you will love this story.
Checkmate! By SammyJo Hunt I liked this story because I liked the idea of using chess as a sex game. I also enjoyed thinking about a hot lifeguard and how willing I would be to trap my king for my opponent. Chess is a mental game, and when the author mixed it with great sex scenes I was hooked.
Overall I am giving this book a 4 because I didn’t like that very few people accepted their gay loved ones. I thought that this would be a better book if a few of the stories started with happy beginnings, too.
Amelia had a real crush on Rising Wolf, but she knew it would never amount to anything. She was a half-breed and Rising Wolf was an important warriorAmelia had a real crush on Rising Wolf, but she knew it would never amount to anything. She was a half-breed and Rising Wolf was an important warrior in his tribe. He’d undoubtedly marry a full-blooded Indian tribe member.
This author takes you for a walk back in history. The story is set in the time period when Native Americans were first being confined to reservations. Indians had their own ceremonies, their own land, and their own lifestyles. The Army was only interested in confining them and had no remorse in the way they abused the Indians and killed the warriors. All they wanted was to have them confined. And, once they did, they stole the meat the government sent to feed them and told them they couldn’t hunt their own food. This is a shameful piece of history that the author shows accurately. It doesn’t take long until you’re rooting for the Indians and hating the bad white men, too.
Amelia is amazed when Rising Wolf makes an offer for her. She lets him know she won’t live in marriage without love, and he tells her she need not worry about that. She knows he’s a big part of her life, but she doesn’t find out just how much she loves him until a bear attacks him and he almost drowns in the river. She’s deathly afraid of the river because her mother almost drowned in it long ago. There’s no hesitation on her part, though. She leaps in, fights the bear, and drags her husband out of the river. Unfortunately, he’s been injured very badly and no one knows if he will live…
Ms. Smith’s tale is factual and leads you down an ugly path in our history. She makes Amelia’s family and the Indian tribe feel alive and vital. Love is a strong power when shared. Her words flow well and make you feel like you’re living in that time era. This story is suitable for young adults as well as adults. History can be a good teacher if we listen.
The true bonds of friendship are tested in this explosive story with that left me speechless at times.
Boogie and Trapper where known all around town fThe true bonds of friendship are tested in this explosive story with that left me speechless at times.
Boogie and Trapper where known all around town for their wild and crazy antics. I immediately recognized the special bond these two had, and could understand why neighbors couldn’t tell them apart even if they looked nothing alike. Reading this story made me reflect on my own childhood and bonds I shared with my peers. The flood of emotions this story brought back to me was exhilarating and one I will not forget for a while.
The conflict and plot buildup of this story was monumental. While the storyline was a bit slow to start, once it began to pick up I was mesmerized about what would happen next with these two heroic boys. With their quick wit and intelligence I knew they would figure out a way to get out of their predicament and I was just happy I could go along for the ride with them.
This story is based on an old man writing about his childhood, but it’s also a historical story. The author had a way of transporting me to that time period with their words making me feel as if I had a front row sheet of Boogie’s life. Since this story was based on the 1940′s for the most part some of the language was a bit difficult to understand since they spoke differently than what I am use to, but I was still able to follow along pretty easily. Another aspect of the language was the vulgarity and racial slangs. There were a few occasions when I had to remind myself that unfortunately that was the mindset and language used during this time period by both children and adults alike. While Boogie and Trapper may have only been kids in the story in that time period they were almost men in their day.
What first attracted me to this story was the time-period of the story. I have read other stories based in this time period that involved a lot of racial confrontation that was common during that time. I also knew that kids in that period tended to live wild and free which I enjoy. This story did not disappoint I can say that it was truly entertaining.
Ivy is so tired of her parents trying to match make for her. She doesn’t want to marry for money; she wants to marry for love. After all, her sister fIvy is so tired of her parents trying to match make for her. She doesn’t want to marry for money; she wants to marry for love. After all, her sister found love and enjoys her marriage. She’d rather be an old maid than marry a man she can’t stand, especially not one three times her age!
The author does a nice job of setting this story in the Christmas season. She has created independent, stubborn characters who are determined to make their own choices and she throws them together by chance. I found it amusing to watch Ivy and Phillip blush when they meet and then accidently meet several more times while helping needy children have a special Christmas. The interaction between the two is sweet and they act more like young teens than adults.
While activities and festivities abound that both must attend, they find themselves thinking about their chance acquaintance. My favorite part of the story is the fact that Ivy doesn’t want to even meet the Duke of Greenbriar. Why should she, she’s already met the man she loves. It’s unfortunate that he’s a toymaker. On the hand, Phillip, the toymaker is actually now the Dean of Greenbriar because his Uncle died. Since he hasn’t admitted that to Ivy, he’s in a real pickle.
Watching the two characters dance around each and make mistakes in courtship is fun. Ivy even insinuates more has happened between them has. When he admits he is a Duke, things go downhill from there. The author does a very nice job with development of the relationship and demonstrates how easily it is to mess one up if you don’t communicate well.
Mr. Springsteen’s novel reads well and she adds a nice little surprise at the end of the story. You feel like you’re living in that time period, and you certainly care about the characters. I really enjoyed this read. Why don’t you grab a copy and see what you think?
One day, while horseback riding around their ranch, Cam and his young son, Eli stop for some water by a river. Cam discovers a note tied into a tumbleOne day, while horseback riding around their ranch, Cam and his young son, Eli stop for some water by a river. Cam discovers a note tied into a tumbleweed. The poignant scrap of paper speaks to his heart, full of longing, yearning and a quiet sort of desperation he understands all too well.
Sophie Flannigan’s job is keeping the local whorehourse spotless – though many believe she works there, Sophie has her pride and merely cleans. Terrified of her past and willing to do her best to outrun it, only her secret letters help ease the helplessness she feels almost every minute. When Cam and Sophie meet they can clearly help with what the other is lacking, and Eli makes his toddler views on the matter plain in a whimsical and lovely manner. Both Sophie and Cam are prisoners to their own pasts. Needing each other far more than they first thought, all too soon they’ll need to make some hard decisions, or live with regret for the rest of their lives.
I really enjoyed when Cam and Eli first meet Sophie in the store. It made me laugh and was a fantastically set scene, showcasing perfectly how the author has managed to blend humour, passion, real-life absurdities and mingled them all into a historical setting. The instant chemistry between Cam and Sophie was lovely – and racy for a Western novel – but it still managed to click together perfectly for me. Despite the amazing attraction and the clarity of how a marriage of convenience would work for both Sophie and Cam I felt that part of the story was a little rushed. The explanation Cam gives Sophie as to why it’s so fast is logical, but as a reader I still would have preferred even just a few scenes with them getting to know each other before getting married. I’d have enjoyed a bit more time between them in this initial stage – maybe even something funny like their first meeting – and think it could have gotten rid of the rushed feel.
The author does an amazing job of filling the story with all the romance, loneliness and history of the Old West. There were a number of plots interwoven and the storyline felt full, gratifying and dense enough I became really engaged in the book as a whole. I read this slowly, relishing each page and thoroughly enjoying the characters and world the author has created. Many of the images painted were wonderful and took my breath away. I really felt that taste of dust on my tongue, and felt the hardships faced by the characters. With complex, three dimensional characters, a solid plot and vibrant setting this is a lovely book and one I’d strongly recommend.
This is actually the first book that I have read by Gem Sivad and I can tell you now that it will not be the last. Gem Sivad is a wonderful storytelle This is actually the first book that I have read by Gem Sivad and I can tell you now that it will not be the last. Gem Sivad is a wonderful storyteller who can make a historical western come to life with combustible erotic romance.
Wolf’s Tender is the first book in the “Eclipse Heat” series.
Half Kiowa, Charlie Wolf McCallister is a rough and tough bounty hunter who works with his two cousins. The prejudice of the era follows him continually as many during this time cannot accept a half Indian as a member of society. This has colored Charlie’s world making him seem ruthless and dangerous.
Naomi Parker oversees a girl-school that has been attacked by outlaws who have just run off with the girls. Naomi was spared being kidnapped also only because she hid during the invasion of the school. Loaded with guilt for hiding as well as many insecurities from the hard-knocks of life, Naomi is determined to find someone to help her rescue the girls.
When Naomi Parker sees Charlie Wolf McCallister she knows that he is the man to help her. Without money to pay, she ends up offering herself in exchange for his services. Charlie was already planning on going after the outlaws who took the girls but he cannot resist taking Naomi up on her sexy offer. Soon these two scarred and lonely hearts discover that it is each other that makes them strong.
I fell in love with this story and the written characters in it. It was a well choreographed love story that offered intrigue, romance and even pulled at the heart-strings. I found myself lured into the world that Gem Sivad has created, and I was so enthralled that I found it difficult to put this book down once I started reading it.
We have the hunky, tall, dark and handsome bounty hunter who is strong, protective, yet dangerous. And then we have the heroine who is scarred from life’s viscous attacks yet she comes back fighting. Two people completely different, searching for acceptance in the chaos of life; these main characters faced many challenges which showed their true strengths. Charlie and Naomi were passionate and sensual, yet vulnerable and humorous. I really enjoyed these two characters and found myself constantly pulling for their “happily-ever-after”.
As with all Ellora’s Cave books I found this story to be extremely heated as it sizzled with sensual content that made this reader want to continually fan herself.
The side characters were charmingly interesting and splendidly illustrated. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I am excited to see what unfolds in the remaining bounty hunter’s lives. There are a number of plot twist in this story adding mystery and thrills.
I did feel that some of the side stories were a bit rushed and needed further exploring, and perhaps a few too many details were added at times that distracted from the mail focus. This however did not make the story any less exciting, as I found myself continually anticipating the next page. This story had a good flow to it that made this reader enjoy it’s banters and quirks.
If you find yourself wanting a hot tale that shows the true historical western attitudes and
The Sweetest Dark had a little bit of everything, romance, a gothic setting, a mystery, a lot of paranormal elements. I enjoyed Ms. Abe’s writing stylThe Sweetest Dark had a little bit of everything, romance, a gothic setting, a mystery, a lot of paranormal elements. I enjoyed Ms. Abe’s writing style which is rich and layered. The main character, Lora was interesting and I found myself reading on to learn more about her. Some of the chapters in between the main ones threw me off a little at first but then as I read on they became clearer to the overall plot.
The book does have some historical inaccuracies about what happened during first half of World War 1 when the book is set, for example nightly bombing, children being evacuated, and the mention of Land Girls but if you can overlook these it’s a fun read with an almost creepy setting. And true to the gothic sub-genre, characters who you’re not quite sure if they can be trusted or not.
I really enjoyed seeing Lora and Jesse’s relationship unfold and I found myself wanting these two to be together. I think girls will probably enjoy this book more than boys and, while it’s a long read, the pacing is such that even younger girls shouldn’t have a problem. If you enjoy a slice of romance, mystery, especially gothics, with lots of supernatural elements, this would be a good pick.
He’s a recovering alcoholic who has been taken in by the Amish. He’s not Amish, but he appreciates what they have done for him and he’s adjusting to a slower life on the farm. She’s an Amish widow and still feels the loss of her husband. She also has a very over-bearing father-in-law.
I enjoy reading books about those who choose to live a simpler life and follow their own religions. One of their concepts about protecting against jealousy or envy is to wear the same color and style of clothing. That’s something the Catholic school required when I was growing up. We all wore the same uniforms. I always thought it was boring, but it stops those with more or less money from standing out in the crowd, as well as dressing fancier for flirting.
The authors have done a good job of representing the Amish community and lifestyle and how everyone takes care of each other. They also make this a story that shows there can be conflict even within an Amish community. That made it very interesting to read for me, along with the cattle baron trying to take over a ranch and Jesse trying to stop that. What I most appreciated most was that the authors had their characters stay true to the Amish way; they didn’t take the easy way out.
I found it entertaining with a good plot and a nice word flow. Almost every character in this book changes in some way and it was fun to watch them develop new strength and survive the crisis in their life. If you like Amish stories, this one is better than average. You should give a try....more
If ever a blurb was misleading then the little snippet for A Wedding in Springtime is totally off base. This story isn’t all fluff and boring internal angst between the classes and a man overcome by a lady’s charms. Not by a long shot. This book has intrigue, action, mystery, betrayal, twisted intentions, and a love scene that was totally not what a person expected. This tale started off so innocently and slowly built with starts and stops, but that was only a ploy to lull a reader into thinking that this was going to be an historical romance like all the rest. Ms. Forester wove a tale that embraced humor, women with spunk and men who are unwittingly at their mercy. In short, it was a blast to read.
This novel is also busy with a lot of story threads that work through the main story arc and which involves many secondary characters. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that there were more than just Genie and William on center stage. Some of the supporting cast were just as integral and strong in presence as if they too were the focus of the story. It is because their lives are so intertwined that it’s hard to think of only the hero and heroine. Even with stating this, the author should be commended for her strength of writing. Every time someone else was on stage, it benefited the plot movement that swirled around William, a/k/a Grant, and Genie. Everything they did and said had a domino effect that propelled the main protagonists to discover important things about each other, to make certain choices that ultimately lead them to a romance reader’s ultimate goal – the happily ever after. To that end, the author was wildly successful if unconventional.
Eugenia a/k/a Genie starts off in a pickle. The man who sealed her doom eventually becomes her salvation. Before that can happen, however, I was treated to a young woman who has an adventure beyond anything she could have imagined. She is faced with difficult choices, some fun, some heartfelt, and others that showcased what a wonderful, caring and ingenious woman she could be. There was one scene that made me think of her as a cross between Mary Poppins and Dirty Harry – sweet but don’t mess with her or she’s going to make you pay. I didn’t expect that and didn’t know she had it in her. It was awesome.
Grant was a typical rogue and confirmed bachelor. Many an historical romance features a man filled with ennui and it takes an ‘original’ to bring him to life and lust to the point he rethinks his aversion to marriage. Fans of Regency romances will find that is true for the hero in this book as well. Unlike other rogues, he’s not a bad sort at all. In fact, Grant is charming, suave, happy-go-lucky and in his estimation, delightfully clueless about things regarding estates. It’s said that a good woman makes a good man better. That is how I saw the hero. He was good but everything that transpired during the course of this tale made him grow as a person, a man and a son. If asked, I’d say the most dramatic element of the book was seeing Grant go from frivolous male to an aware, decisive and proactive man, willing to do what needs to be done to do the right thing. His inspiration was Genie and his proposal was as original and spectacular as could be. He was a terrific hero.
As for secondary characters, this book was flush. I enjoyed getting to meet every single one, everyone that is, except the villain. I suspected who the cur was but I never anticipated the nasty nature that the bounder hid. In fact, I strongly and completely suspect that all is not wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow. There was someone else I didn’t trust and I was taken aback when it didn’t turn out the way I thought it should. I could have sworn that he was in collusion but I am supposedly proved wrong. I’m going with my gut feeling. You see, the Duke of Marchford and Penelope, the companion to the dowager duchess, have this buzz thing zinging between them. They don’t recognize what’s going on but as a fan of all things romantic, I believe I saw a sequel starting to bloom and when Ms. Forester does write James’ story, which I implore her to do, I fully expect to have my suspicions confirmed. To that end, I firmly and loudly state that Ms. Forester’s next book is going to be an auto-buy for me. The people she has introduced me to during the telling of this tale have completely enchanted me. I also want to know what becomes of the quick-fingered Jem.
A Wedding in Springtime is simply delightful with storytelling filled with charm, heart and a good dose of addictive fun. I never knew what kind of ploy Genie would come up with, when the next twist of the plot would occur or what would make Grant swallow that lump in his throat and get around to proposing. The external conflict kept the pages turning and the well rounded characters kept me engaged. This might have been the first book written by Ms. Forester that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. I liked her writing style and if this is what I can expect, I expect to be a happy reader. I encourage other readers to give this book a whirl and discover what made me like Genie and Grant so much....more
If you’re looking for a story that will engage both your heart and your mind, Reconstructing Jackson may be just what you need. Both edifying and touching, the story Ms. Bush has created is wholly satisfying.
Reed Jackson may not have started out as the most sympathetic of men. He’s angry at the loss of his leg, and at having to start his life over. He’d expected to run his family’s plantation, marry a lovely Southern belle and live life as he always had. But the loss of his leg changed everything. His father changed the will, giving the estate to his younger brother, as well as his fiancee. His mother (a truly lovely woman) encouraged Reed to move west and start a new life with a cousin, Henry.
Belle Richards is as far from a Southern belle as once could imagine. Dirt poor, horribly abused by her family, and determined to learn how to read and create a better life for herself, she ends up in a whole pile of trouble. You see, she’s learning to read from a “darkie” — a former slave — so it’s double the sin. And her brother makes sure to share his opinion of her desires with his fists.
Reconstructing Jackson might not have been the light-hearted romance I typically choose, but I’m really glad I had a chance to experience this book. I honestly don’t know that much about the Reconstruction following the Civil War, so this was an eye-opening reminder that things were incredibly difficult for nearly everyone. Ms. Bush tosses a little of everything in: a confederate, a few former slaves, rich folks, poor folks, working folks and so on. We see things from many points-of-view (not technically — the book is only told from the hero and heroine’s POV) and I admit to struggling to understand some of them. It’s hard to walk in the shoes of folks who have such closed minds, like Reed’s father or Belle’s brother Jed.
So, though this book may not be the fastest paced story, it’s exceptionally well written with a good, steady pace, interesting plot and well-constructed characters. I was so involved with some of them, my heart broke in a few places. Ms. Bush didn’t pussyfoot around about how things were back then, and it wasn’t always pleasant.
If you’re looking for a solidly written American historical romance, this is one I happily recommend to fans of the genre....more
A Fistful of Dreams is the fourth book in Heather Long’s western paranormal series, and takes up right where the last one ended. I loved the first three books in this series, and I went into this book expecting to love it and I can say that I did. I was very enraptured with the characters and the storyline. I couldn’t put this book down.
Delilah Rinaldi is a woman who’s suffered and is afraid to love. Watching Delilah come to the realization that not everyone is out to use her, and to grow into a woman that is free to love was beautiful. I felt every single emotion she felt, and how the circumstances around her shaped her.
Buck Morningstar is a man who wants to teach her that love is nothing to be afraid of. Buck was so patient, kind and steady. He was always helping others. He’s the kind of man that I would easily fall in love with, and seeing him love Delilah just made him more desirable.
The cast of secondary characters and past characters from the previous books are back, and they add to the story. The interaction between families is integral to this story. It’s obvious that family is so very important to the characters and that’s something I can relate to. I fell in love with older characters even more just from the way they treated their family.
This a sweet, sensual historical romance with a paranormal twist that is best read as part of the series. There are so many twists, and moments where I screamed and other moments when I felt like weeping. In my opinion, that’s a mark of a great book and an excellent writer, the very fact that I was so invested in the story and the characters that I felt real emotions. I was emotionally drained by the time I put this book down. I’m aching for the next book and I don’t know how I’m going to wait patiently for it.
I highly recommend this book for historical, western, and paranormal romance fans alike. This is a love story that I think transcends genres, and this series is a must read....more
Will Carver is a beast of a man who knows about loyalty, who is unimaginably strong (perhaps because of that ‘beast side’) but whose heart is long since lost to lovely, treacherous Lena.
And clever, seductive though Lena is, she too might well be a victim: living in this alternate White Chapel District, one seems almost slated to be some kind of victim, either ‘thrall’ to a protector…or simply a blood supply.
The dark aura that McMaster creates permeates this work from start to finish. It is a combination of exquisite descriptions and delicious suspense along with small descriptors. You will imagine the pea-soup fog under the gaslights, feel the eerie cold rise off the cobblestones. My only complaint: some specific description bore a strong similarity to her earlier Kiss of Steel.
Heart of Iron takes us into an alternate world/history in nineteenth century London. Society is a far different realm than we might expect – unless we are already fans of Vampire-dom. Even then, few could imagine the realm McMaster here creates; where blue bloods feed on lesser classes, but the victims themselves can be dangerous.
It’s easy to say that this will certainly appeal to fans of the genre, however, I rather suspect that this will rate high on the list of anyone who enjoys a hot romance! Steampunk fans will also adore....more
Vivian’s innocent compassion set her up as an object of gossip and possible ruin before she was really old enough to realize she had done something that Regency rules deemed taboo. She tells herself she will act just the way she should and not cause her brother anymore grief, but her delightful, high-spirited ways keep her life teetering on the edge of social disaster most of the time.
She was only a child when she was betrothed, but is determined to be the perfect lady when her intended, the duke, comes. The threat of the village gossip, Mrs. Honeywell and her brother’s threat of sending her to a nunnery loom, but her curiosity and exuberance for life keep her in trouble most of the time.
Lucas (Luke) Forest, the Twelfth Duke of Foxhaven, does not want the responsibilities of a duke nor does he want the young woman his father betrothed him to years ago. However, her brother insists the agreement be honored. He writes that his nineteen-year-old sister is obedient, docile and domesticated. Luke gets a jolt when he learns his affianced swims like a water sprite in only her chemise, rides horseback astride, skips stones on water, shots a pistol quite well, is inclined to act before she thinks, and freely expresses opinions that seem to “sprout up like dandelions”.
Luke’s near-fatal accident in his youth changed his world. He is shamed by some of his disabilities but knows he should not have dumped ducal responsibilities on his brother Richard like he did. How he sets things to right after he takes Vivian to his mother’s house party at Irvine Castle reveals much about his character. Even more revealing is his emotional struggle when his plan to help Vivian find a husband so he will not have to marry her. This proves to be an insurmountable problem for him—nobody is good enough for her.
As the secondary characters grow in number so do Vivian’s problems. What she wants with all her heart is Luke but her compassion makes her consider the shame she would bring to his family should her ‘indiscretion’ ever come to light.
Samanatha Grace keeps the reader turning pages as she creates near-disasters with Vivian’s actions. She adds to the tension with characters like Mr. Collier that is a villain of the first order. Also, Johanna Truax, a cousin of Luke’s mother, adds an undercurrent of treachery that makes the reader want to shout ‘watch out’ to Luke and Vivian.
Ms. Grace uses an uncomplicated plot and slips in the sense of love in Luke’s family that is unconditional along with side stories about Luke’s brother Andrew and his adorable family; of Vivian’s Cousin Patrice and Vicar Ramsey; her brother Ash and his harridan of a wife Muriel. She also works in tidbits of Vivian and Luke’s past. Best of all she lets the reader share poignant moments, humorous moments, scary moments, and breathtaking lovemaking moments with Vivian and Luke.
Lady Vivian Defies a Duke has just the right ingredients blended together to give a marvelous vicarious experience that makes the reader gives a happy sigh that love wins again. Most enjoyable reading!
It was not love…it was lust…fueled by too much champagne.
Obsession is a fitting title that expresses obsession from two characters in the book. One is a vampire tale of passion. The second is a tale of a lovers revenge. Lucien St. Clair, a mysterious blue eyed, blond mane of thick hair, lacked feelings of stimulation and sensation for over 300 years, that is until songstress Blanche Paradis becomes the object of his desire. Blanche refuses Lucien’s advances being that she is committed to her involvement with Bart Donovan. One night this commitment is tested. Bart is away on business and isn’t able to attend Blanche’s performance, but her admirer Lucien is there and feeling confident that tonight will be the night that Blanche will choose him.
While on stage in song Blanche finds herself caught in Lucien’s avid gaze and feels her heated desires rise. Something about Lucien’s persistence and obvious desire flatters and arouse Blanche’s curiosity. The events that night leave Blanche satisfied but full of guilt and shame. When Bart returns she begs for his forgiveness after she confesses to him her discretion. As with all love triangles they can get complicated and when dealing with a vampire someone is likely to get bit. Lucien isn’t one to give up and makes Blanche “like him” in hopes that she will come to him willingly. This obsession that Lucien has for his Cherie (Blanche) fuels and starts the obsession for Blanche to seek solace in the vengeance she has for Lucien.
I am not sure if the author is playing a cruel joke, but I found myself cheering for Lucien to win Blanche’s heart over. I felt the passion and the attraction and was pushing Blanche on to do the same. I feel in love with Lucien’s distinctive qualities and his swag. The passion between the two was so real and so much more than what she shared with Bart. What really made me enjoy this novella is the 1850 setting in New Orleans, the strong attraction and desire that Lucien has for Blanche but he wasn’t over barring in his confidence to where he was conceded and a turn off. I enjoyed the thrill of Blanche being torn between Bart and Lucien. Her fighting the passion and lust that was obviously there. I think the author did a great job in incorporating a few French lines which really added to the context.
I would highly recommend reading Obsession by Paige Bennett. It’s a short magnifque read of one man’s desire and passion for a woman who is already spoken for....more
Two strangers converse in the dark as they retreat from the “Ballroom Battlefield” for a respite. They kiss for luck. His kiss speaks of kindness, hers of wonder and courage. Nicolas Haddonfield, Viscount Reston and Leah Lindsey connect as fellow sufferers. He deems her a damsel in distress and sets in motion actions to ease her seemingly hopeless plight. Thus begins an ardently giving, loving love story that is brimming over with lifelike characters. Nicholas is a Regency romance lover’s dream come true.
Nicholas, a gorgeous, gentle giant of a man has been no better than he had to be as he sowed his wild oats, but now feels duty bound to put his “wild and free” years behind him and marry as his ailing father wishes. He loves the ladies and is whispered about as “the berserker of the bedrooms”. He deals amiably with his public image, but his private person is another story all together—intriguing and compelling. Unknowingly, he operates from a false premise, but with the best of intentions as he seeks a wife for a “white marriage”. My goodness, what a tangled web he gets himself into with Leah somehow getting tangled in the same web. This makes for amazing reading.
Leah is a “staked goat” in London’s Polite Society marriage market as she is long past her prime. Even though her brothers, Darius and Trenton, help her as much as they can, her cruel father is determined to make a profit off her marriage and is in negotiations with an odious, diseased old man who has had several wives, all of them now dead. Leah’s has suffered much from her father all ready and knows she will lose all hope and what little self worth she has if she has to marry the old man; but she is penniless and defenseless—at the mercy of her merciless father.
The captivating secondary characters, some of whom the reader will recognize from Darius and the fabulous Moreland Series, influence the main characters and support while giving the reader insight into the ‘doings’ of the times. Valentine Windham’s music speaks to Nicholas as he struggles to do the ‘right’ thing and keep a balance in his life. Valentine’s declaration that “it would destroy you not to marry for love” sets Nicholas on edge. Nicholas’ grandmother, Della, Dowager Marchioness, loves him dearly but is not above manipulation and machinations to nudge her grandson in the direction she sees his true happiness lays. She is a darling who does much to reconnect Nicolas with his family and especially with Ethan, his half-brother, that has a unique place his Nicholas’ heart. Leonie is a mystery that unfolds as the story progresses. She and Leah’s little half-brother add a new layer of love to the story.
Grace Burrowes exquisite writing style with its subtle humor (I love the scrappy little duck in the park) and revealing metaphors brings vibrant characters into a compelling plot with many subplots to create a love story that is breathtaking and heartwarming. Much of the story is told from Nicholas’ point of view and reveals an awesome giving love from both the hero and heroine. Nicholas is chocked full of special spots of love and actions that give the reader a vicarious experience long to be remembered. Nicholas is a keeper to be enjoyed more than once....more
Hotties and Hawaii . . . really, what more do we need for a stellar romance? Well, a good plot helps. Fortunately, Ms. Cade supplied that, also.
Burning Up the Rain is part of the “Hawaiian Heroes” series, so readers get to visit the Ho’omalu family again. This time, a cousin and a family friend experience the romantic magic and chaos that seem to surround the members of this family. Added to the steamy interactions, a potential marriage, familial expectations, a drinking problem and that pesky drug family all rear their head. Oh yeah. . . Pele makes an appearance, too!
This time, the Ho’omalu in question is Lalei. A cousin of the Ho’omalu’s met in previous stories, she is expected to marry a gentleman her mother feels is suitably wealthy enough to take care of both of them. Lalei is not happy about this, nor is she sure how to get out of the situation. This leads to many twists and turns that keep the reader guessing as to what is going to happen next.
Enter Jack, alcoholic best friend and Californian high-end realtor. He also happens to have a thing for Lalei. As if that wasn’t enough conflict, the Helman drug family appears to be harassing the Ho’omalu’s from beyond the grave.
As with past stories, there are plot twists and tangents, plenty of hot, steamy-hot sex, and personal struggle. There is also the possibility of the family’s relationship with Pele, the protector of Hawaii, to show itself and their unique powers. While these facts, at times, make for difficult reading (one might have to re-read passages from time to time), it leads to a well-written conclusion and thoroughly satisfying end to the book.
Speaking of the end of the book. . . while I am going to claim “spoiler alert”, I don’t think I’m giving away too much by saying a few key things that might tempt the reader to pick this book up now instead of placing it into their “to be read” pile. First off, visits with Pele are not uncommon in the family, but not necessarily with family friends. Secondly, there is nothing like a courtroom drama to give the possibility of your jaw dropping and an inability to stop reading (both of which occurred with this reviewer!)
I’d like to make note of the author’s use of the Hawaiian language throughout the book. It is, in all instances noted by the reviewer, followed by an English explanation.
Despite being a bit more confusing and full of personal angst and torment than previous interactions with this family, the story is well worth reading. The sex is definitely on par with past books, and the evil just as present. All-in-all, I would recommend grabbing this one now and start reading it immediately.
Ten-year-old Nikki Landry lives in the same home she was born in, but she has moved several times each and every year of her life. She lives with her mother, father, and younger brother on a houseboat, and her father relocates them frequently as he searches for the best crabbing spots. Nikki hates moving. She no sooner starts making friends when she is uprooted once again. The latest move to a really mysterious bayou takes her from her best friend, Lydia, and forces her to start over yet again in a new school. If that weren’t enough, Nikki thinks she is being watched by something on a nearby island.
Rita Monette has spun a wonderful mystery based on the life of the Cajun people in Louisiana during the mid-1950’s. The reader is immediately drawn into life along the Bayou. The characters are believable, and the hardships of life aboard an old houseboat, where the family is living in poverty and the father is doing his best to keep things together, is portrayed with sensitivity and compassion. Monette details clearly Nikki’s trials as she tries yet again to adjust to a new school, make friends, and avoid a bully. Nikki’s bond to her beagle, Snooper, is shown as a vital element in Nikki’s life, providing companionship and stability through all the family’s moves. So when Snooper goes missing and there is a legend of someone on the nearby island stealing dog’s souls, the reader is right there, following Nikki into danger as she hunts for Snooper and tries to solve the mystery of the island with the strange howling sounds.
I really enjoyed this book and I think Monette has done an excellent job of capturing a time and place now gone. The issue of language, for instance, is shown as Nikki wants to learn Cajun French after hearing her father and others speaking it. This novel is set during the time when it was illegal to speak French in public. The laws changed in 1961, but for Nikki, learning French was like a forbidden fruit.
Monette also describes in mouth-watering detail the food that was common for the Cajun community. She uses a number of words common to this part of Louisiana as well, and she provides a brief glossary at the beginning of the novel defining the terms. I found that this technique of using a glossary first, but then letting the words flow naturally in the novel, was most effective. Monette’s own drawings scattered throughout the novel are most effective in showing Nikki’s world. I really think that Monette’s readers will find it easy to learn about the Cajun people as they read a suspenseful story with plenty of action. The ending ties things up a bit too neatly, but it is satisfying to have everyone sorted satisfactorily.
I think that this novel would be a fun read for anyone from middle-school upwards. It is a very good story in its own right. In addition, I could really see this being used in a classroom with the possibilities for many teaching moments....more
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ruined. Sarah Vere is the victim of early nineteenth century society – and events that sOriginally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ruined. Sarah Vere is the victim of early nineteenth century society – and events that she never expected. She does her best to face down the rumors, and the delighted horror of society. To be abandoned by that same society might be a relief.
But she’s abandoned by more than society: her best friend is forbidden to speak to her …and Claire, who might have been wonderful and supportive, suddenly looks on her with society’s eyes.
Abandoned by those around her (can we afford to associate with a house of questionable morals?) rejected by all that matter, Sarah is, quite suddenly, invited by those who don’t… don’t behave that is: the legendary demi-monde. Her reaction is simply to hide.
This is an absolutely emotionally gripping tale; readers find themselves on Sarah’s side from the first, wanting to fight back. Oh there’s cousin Hatty, who wants to be brave … there’s Mama, undoubtedly right, but hardly a help…
We hope for a friend to step forward, some escape to appear, anything. Sarah is no coward, but life is difficult. Sarah escapes the world via thunderous gallops on her wonderful filly. It will bring her under the eyes of someone she could not have expected…
And it seems a friend may indeed introduce her to a different part of society, and a very different sort of man. I don’t want to spoil it, so will say no more on plot, however, cast and characters are wonderful here, conversations lively, emotions amazing. I didn’t care for the abrupt change in point of view, however, we moved fluidly forward, so it is a small point in such a wonderful story. Do read....more