Update 1/18/2012: Pocket Books contacted me thanking me for my review and participating in their blog tour of this novel. hahahaha So now I know why t...moreUpdate 1/18/2012: Pocket Books contacted me thanking me for my review and participating in their blog tour of this novel. hahahaha So now I know why the book showed up on my doorstep.
I read this a few weeks back but I decided to take some time to sort my thoughts so that this may actually make some sense rather than having me come across as some crazed silly lunatic fan-girl.
The Storyline Clarinda and Ashton were childhood friends but as the years progressed, so did their feelings for each other. One night, Ashton sets out to leave his home and Clarinda behind but she catches him in a nearby meadow and the feelings that they had kept restrained for so long were finally let loose.
’...the spark of animosity between them had finally flared into something so combustible it had threatened to incinerate them both.’
Ashton inevitably still leaves her behind and Clarinda is heartbroken beyond all reason. As time passes and stories of Ashton are heard at home, it becomes apparent to Clarinda that he's not coming back for her so she becomes engaged to his brother, Max. Clarinda and her best friend Poppy set sail to meet up with Max for their wedding when their ship is boarded and the two women are captured by the Corsairs. Fearing the worst, the two end up being bought by the sultan Farouk and they are taken to his palace in the desert as his 'guests'. Despite the fact that he is incredibly kind to both of them, they are still not allowed to leave. Max hires his brother Ashton to rescue Clarinda from the sultan not knowing the position he's putting Ashton and Clarinda both in.
Thoughts Teresa Medeiros books were the first romance books I ever read and inevitably got me hooked from that point on. I have yet to be disappointed by her; her books never lack in originality and are always entertaining. Considering this is a 500+ book I think that says a lot for her writing. I loved the exotic Middle East setting and that the majority of the storyline was spent there.
Her characters are always vibrant and full of life. You couldn’t help but love Ashton, even though there were times that you really wanted to hate him. It was painfully obvious how much Ashton and Clarinda cared for each other but he was a fool and left her and never returned.
’No matter how much it galled him, Clarinda belonged to his brother now. He had promised to return her to Max, and that was exactly what he was going to do. With any luck, Max would never find out what had transpired between Ash and Max’s bride-to-be in the meadow that morning.’
On top of loving the main characters, her secondary characters were just as fabulous. Poppy was definitely my favorite character and I loved not only the friendship between her and Clarinda but her infatuation with Farouk (and vice-versa!) was simply adorable.
If you enjoy romance novels, this one definitely needs to be on your list. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, and you may even shed a tear. (I know I did!) There was a sneak peek at the end of the next book in this series (yes! A series! yay!) featuring Max. I can't wait. :D
One final note: I received a copy of this book in the mail from Simon & Schuster a week before release with no note or anything. I have no idea who to thank for this, I don't recall entering any contests for it, but I’ll have you know I was so excited I did a little dance. And giggled. A lot. So whoever you are, book fairy at Simon & Schuster, thank you.(less)
Never Seduce a Scot was kindly provided to me by Edelweiss for Random House Publishing Group.
Why have I waited so long to read Maya Banks? This was th...moreNever Seduce a Scot was kindly provided to me by Edelweiss for Random House Publishing Group.
Why have I waited so long to read Maya Banks? This was the perfect historical romance: steamy yet romantic. 'Never Seduce a Scot' is the start of a new series entitled 'The Montgomerys and Armstrongs' which I will most definitely be continuing!
The summary had me intrigued but I felt that the reference to Eveline being 'fey' had me expecting a paranormal historical twist, but... there wasn't any paranormal anything to be found within these pages.
Eveline though, was a fantastic character and one that managed to light up the pages despite her lack of dialogue (at first). I really love it when authors create imperfect characters since it adds something 'different' to the otherwise typical historical romance storyline. Eveline was strong despite her inability to hear and despite the hostile environment she'd been forced into.
'She twisted his insides into knots he had no hope of loosening.'
The romance was a bit insta-love but still managed to be heartwarming regardless. You can't help but love Graeme because of his continued support of Eveline despite the fact that he's being forced to marry her even with their family history. I loved their obvious chemistry and enjoyed being able to see how much he cared for her by the end pages.
This definitely won't be my last book by this author! Fantastic!(less)
‘Seduced by her Highland Warrior’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
I’m typically a sucker for a good Highlander romance so I quick...more‘Seduced by her Highland Warrior’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
I’m typically a sucker for a good Highlander romance so I quickly snagged this one up. I went into this with the impression that it would be your typical romance story but this novel really surprised me with how heartfelt and touching it was.
‘Seduced by her Highland Warrior’ is the second installment in the MacKinloch Clan series. I did not read the first novel and even though it did kind of feel like in the beginning I had walked into the story halfway through, the author did a fine job in still making it work as a stand-alone novel.
Alex MacKinloch is chief of his clan and is trying to get everyone to work together to rebuild their keep that was recently destroyed by the English. His wife, Laren, is an intensely shy woman who has difficulty adjusting to her roles and responsibilities when her husband becomes chief. Born to a poor family, she is looked down upon by other members of the clan and is treated unfairly because of their beliefs that Alex should not have married her.
Alex and Laren haven’t been close for almost 3 years now after the loss of their newborn son causes them to drift apart when they don’t know how to comfort each other from the pain it caused them both. I loved how the story shows glimpses of the past back when the two of them first met, fell in love, and also tells what happened between them after the death of their son.
This story while sad and touching was also hopeful because even though they had drifted apart they did still love each other and were doing all they could to work on things between them. Watching the story progress and seeing the two become closer was very moving, yet also extremely believable. I really enjoyed this one.
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This is one of the best historical romance series I’ve ever read. It’s thoroughly enjoyable w...moreInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
This is one of the best historical romance series I’ve ever read. It’s thoroughly enjoyable with an original storyline and exceedingly steamy scenes. Highly recommended. :)
This is the second installation in the Highland Pleasures series and… unfortunately I think I liked the first one a bit more, although I still give this a solid 4.5 stars.
I had one single issue that is slightly spoiler-ish so I’ll hide it. (view spoiler)[Once Isabella and Mac were practically living as man and wife once again and he sought to re-establish their marriage and she proceeded to get outraged… I wanted to smack her. Come on. I appreciated that she didn’t immediately fall head over heels back in love with him but I do think she took far too much time to get to that point. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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Sir Mark Turner, a Victorian-era ‘rock star’, has done the impossible: he’s made chastity popular. After writing ‘A Gentleman’s Practical Guide to Chastity’ he himself becomes practically a celebrity and is loved by many but certainly not all. Hating his popularity he seeks to get some peace in the country. Jessica Farleigh is a courtesan who agrees to seduce Mark Turner for the sole purpose of ruining his spotless reputation. She is to seduce him and share the story of it so that it can be published for all to read about in London. When Mark meets Jessica, his plans to get some peace in the country are blown out of the water because soon enough she’s all he can think about.
I absolutely loved this novel. LOVED it. Not quite sure what it was about it specifically but it was one of the best romance novels I’ve read. Considering I haven’t read a ton of them so my opinion may not be worth much, but this is my review, so I can gush all I want! Haha Maybe I was really in the mood for a romance novel… maybe this novel really is that good… maybe it was both.
Neither Mark nor Jessica should be taken at face value because both individuals have a secret depth to them that was quite intriguing and really made the story. The author did an amazing job of rather than revealing all the secrets and laying them all out immediately but uncovered them layer by layer. It really made the change in emotions of the characters, their thought processes, and overall actions… well, you understood them. They made sense. It wasn’t whimsical. You came to conclusions with them and their actions became ones you would make and it made me feel so involved and wrapped in the story that normal. Okay so re-reading that, it sounds like total bullshit, but that’s the best I can explain it. Lol
I loved the characters… eventually. I thought Mark Turner was a pompous ass at first but then you discover more about him and it made him totally lovable. I loved Jessica immediately but my love for her kind of resembled a roller coaster. I kept changing my mind about her (view spoiler)[ if she actually did go through with seducing him and telling his private story to the world. I breathed a sigh of relief when she finally told him the truth but then my heart broke for her when he walked away from her. And then I almost hated her again when she sold the story… but then it turned out to be a completely different story. Not the story of his private life. (hide spoiler)]
I was totally trending on giving this 5 stars because I loved it so much. But then it’s almost like the end turned into the total typical kind of romance… (view spoiler)[Where she knows she loves him and then someone sends a threatening letter and she keeps it from him even though if she told him he’d be able to fix it and then she starts treating him super awful to the point where you want to slap the bitch because she’s trying to run him off … *yawn* But I can understand why it had to be included, still didn’t like it though. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, by the end, I was still plenty happy and really enjoyed this. Will definitely be looking for more Courtney Milan in the future.
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Unveiled focuses on Ash Turner, a man in desperate need of revenge after the Dalrymp...moreInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
Unveiled focuses on Ash Turner, a man in desperate need of revenge after the Dalrymple family ruined his life. After he propositions to have the current Duke removed and have Ash replace him, he ends up affecting more lives than he intended. Margaret is a seemingly innocent party but more closely involved in the scandal than Ash is aware of, even after he finds himself falling love with her he still doesn’t know the truth.
Margaret is actually Lady Margaret, the daughter of the current Duke and was declared a bastard when Ash sought to take his place. She originally planned on finding out any and all information that she could in order to get Ash’s case thrown out, but she begins to realize that her feelings are beginning to have an impact on her loyalities.
I love the intricacies of the characters and how they’re written. Each and every character I’ve read in a Courtney Milan book is detailed, original, and one of a kind. Not only are they unique as people, but the passion and romance between the characters is also quite tangible and incredibly authentic. Ash had his own little quirk that I thought was a great addition to an already fabulous story.
Oh I love a good romance and I continue to be amazed at how much I enjoy Courtney Milan’s books. This is the first book in Courtney Milan’s Turner series, but the 3rd book in the series that I have read. (Read 1.5 then 2 and now 1) Obviously it’s not a requirement to read them in order as the stories are intertwined yet still work as stand-alone books.
With this story, I was immediately drawn in and intrigued at how the author planned on making this storyline ‘okay’. Here’s this girl who basically falls in love with her enemy, and if she decides to be with him she’s essentially betraying her family. Pretty black and white, or so I thought. I loved Courtney Milan knotted everything up only to have everything untangle quite gracefully. The only book I have left in the Turner series is Smite… I intended on hanging on to it for a little while because I’m not looking forward to finishing the series, but I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to wait. She is becoming one of my most favorite authors to date.(less)
I am a big sucker for any Highlander time travel romance type story... and 'Amethyst Heat' was all of those wrapped into one. Great cover and even better title, I knew I had to read it. Oh so short yet oh so enjoyable. Beautiful story!(less)
The King's Courtesan was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
I’ve never read anything by Judith James so I went in to this not sure what...moreThe King's Courtesan was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
I’ve never read anything by Judith James so I went in to this not sure what to expect. About halfway through I found out that this is actually a follow-up novel to ‘Libertine’s Kiss’ but ‘The Kings Courtesan’ still held its own as a stand-alone novel. I love a good historical romance novel every now and again; however, this one wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped it would be. It took me FOREVER to read because I could not get into it for some reason… I kept putting it back on my to-read shelf and coming back to it on various occasions.
Hope Matthews is the courtesan to King Charles; however, that will be ending soon as the King has agreed to marry the Queen of Spain and it would not be in his best interest to continue to keep his courtesan around. Knowing this, Hope asks Charles for a little place of her own so that she can leave court with her dignity intact. Charles, failing to understand how she could be willing to leave so quietly, decides to make a deal with Robert Nichols and forces him into marriage with Hope in order to still keep her close by. Naturally, the two are unable to get along at first, especially since Hope thought it was all a joke rather than a real marriage. As the two grow closer and love develops between them, Robert is forced to make a choice between his wife and an old vendetta that has eaten at him since he was a child.
Not my favorite romance novel but nonetheless enjoyable.
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I finally got Unveiled read so I was able to read this little prequel. As stated in the summary it is best to read this afterUnveiled. Short little s...moreI finally got Unveiled read so I was able to read this little prequel. As stated in the summary it is best to read this afterUnveiled. Short little story that just expands on the full length story.
Made me definitely want to read more into these infamous Turners.(less)
Unlocked by Courtney Milan is about Lady Elaine Warren and her constant torture she endures by individuals in society. She was bullied at a young age...moreUnlocked by Courtney Milan is about Lady Elaine Warren and her constant torture she endures by individuals in society. She was bullied at a young age and it unfortunately failed to cease as she grew older. This story is about her overcoming all and breaking out of her shell.
This was indeed a nice surprise. I love a good romance novel that leaves me with a smile on my face. This novel was so heartbreaking at times but so adorable the next. I loved it! I agree with many of the reviewers comments regarding the length of the novel. As much as I loved it, it would have been nice if the author had gone into the story with a bit more detail.
‘Shameless’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
This is the 4th novel in the House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart. This is actually t...more‘Shameless’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.
This is the 4th novel in the House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart. This is actually the first book I’ve read of hers and found it worked as a stand-alone novel. I loved how this story was more than just a simple romance novel; it was also a mystery with a very interesting storyline that proceeded to completely absorb me.
The Viscount Benedick Rohan has only two goals in mind: One, find a suitable woman to marry and have children with, and two, to find someone to satisfy his sexual needs immediately. Benedick’s second wife recently died giving birth to their child and he is just now returning to town after the proper mourning period. While is pursuit of completing goal number two he encounters Lady “Charity” Melisande Carstairs, a woman that he finds thoroughly intrigued with, despite his inability to understand why he feels this way exactly. When Charity comes to Benedick asking for his help after rumors arise that the secret society “Heavenly Host” has been conducting violent acts, he agrees to help her knowing full well that more time spent with this woman would do him no good.
I loved Benedick and Charity. Those two had chemistry, no doubt about that, despite efforts from both parties to fight it and/or completely dismiss their feelings entirely. Charity herself was a great character. She is a recent widow who decides to use her late husband’s fortune to help women learn a trade, rather than being forced to sell their bodies for coin. Her “gaggle of girls” as they are called, certainly added a bit of humor to the story. I also loved the sub-story about Brandon and Emma and I really hope Anne Stuart expands on that and writes at the very least a short story.
Much like books of this genre, the storyline and ending was a bit predictable; however, I still found it thoroughly enjoyable. I’ll definitely be reading more from Anne Stuart in the future.
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I did enjoy this little novella to an extent. It was the first time I read anything by Eloisa James, but it has made me want to check out some of her...moreI did enjoy this little novella to an extent. It was the first time I read anything by Eloisa James, but it has made me want to check out some of her other novels.
The storyline was cute... the boy from her past comes back to her, except... she insists that she no longer has feelings for him (but that's a big joke) and that she'd rather marry this man that didn't seem to care for her in the least bit. Yeah. That makes complete sense. She spends the whole story behaving like this silly little girl and became quite unlikable.
In the end everything was happily ever after... as it always is in silly romance novels. But that's what makes them great isn't it? :)(less)
I’m not what you would consider a Western fan, so I use that as the reason it took me so long to finally get around to reading this book. Nob...more4.5 stars
I’m not what you would consider a Western fan, so I use that as the reason it took me so long to finally get around to reading this book. Nobody’s Darling tells the story of Esmerelda Fine who travels out West to find the man who killed her brother: Billy Darling. She finds him in Calamity, New Mexico and intent on killing him attempts to shoot him. Next thing she knows, she wakes up in a jail cell with Billy staring down at her; she had fainted as soon as the first shot was fired. Esmerelda discovers that her brother is actually alive and she promptly hires Billy Darling to help her locate him. Throughout their travels together in search of her brother, Esmerelda realizes that Billy is something much more than she had originally thought and she fears that she’s falling in love with him… but he’s an outlaw. Why would he ever want anything to do with a woman like her?
I have been a fan of Teresa Medeiros for quite some time now and I’m always pleased when I read yet another lovely book by her. Her characters always have chemistry that’s so honest that you can’t help but be touched by their love. This one certainly did not disappoint. :) (less)
This was not one of my favorite's from Teresa Medeiros, but I nonetheless still enjoyed it. I'm always a sucker for anything time-travel so I had to g...moreThis was not one of my favorite's from Teresa Medeiros, but I nonetheless still enjoyed it. I'm always a sucker for anything time-travel so I had to give it a try.
Arian Whitewood is a 17th century witch who is tried as a witch after she is caught practicing magic. When they attempt to drown her she gets transported to the 20th century and into the arms of billionaire Triston Lennox. Triston is immediately suspicious since she appeared in the middle of him holding a magic competition. They immediately don't trust each other; however, after they reveal their secrets to each other their emotions are revealed as well. Cute charming little story but I didn't have an immediate desire to read the next in the series. May in the future. :)
I love historical fiction and I love a good romance novel... I also love a combination of the two. I thought that was what I was getting with this fre...moreI love historical fiction and I love a good romance novel... I also love a combination of the two. I thought that was what I was getting with this free novel from Carina Press; however, the story was a bit far-fetched and silly at times. Overall it was just decent.(less)