Here is a man torn between duty and responsibility in order to fulfill it. Where he established prejudice among women who only wants one thing from hi Here is a man torn between duty and responsibility in order to fulfill it. Where he established prejudice among women who only wants one thing from him -- his wealth. Until he meets the one girl who breaks down his walls and opened his heart.
Lovely prequel and a delight to read Philip's POV about who he was before I deeply fell in love with him in Edenbrooke. Although it was kinda unexpected to hear his haughtiness. ...more
Why can't I seem to connect with this? I have loved her other Highlander series so much and thought I should get to this next but the first book was k Why can't I seem to connect with this? I have loved her other Highlander series so much and thought I should get to this next but the first book was kinda boring for me. There are a lot of stuff going in and I can't seem to keep up nor remember its details. Hmm. But I will surely get to the next books of this series soon. It may pick up my interest in the stories. ...more
"What exactly does a financial speculator do?" "I make investments. I also watch for people who are being idiotic with their investments. And then I e "What exactly does a financial speculator do?" "I make investments. I also watch for people who are being idiotic with their investments. And then I encourage them to go at it full-tilt, until I'm left with a profit while they're standing in a pile of smoking rubble." "How do you sleep at night?" she asked, appalled. Bowman flashed an insolent grin. "Very well, thank you." "I didn't mean—" "I know what you meant, Miss Appleton. I rest easy in the knowledge that I'm doing my victims a service."
"This is how we court girls in America. We grab them and kiss them. And if they don't like it, we do it again, harder and longer, until they surrender. It saves us hours of witty repartee."
*I especially chose those funny parts because if I quote swoony moments I'll end up quoting the whole book. The author is already a giveaway for a good time.
What have I been doing all this time and why haven't I gotten around to reading this wonderful series? For somebody who loves this author so much, I wasn't a very good avid reader. Clearly I have been missing a great deal of emotion, passion, and satisfaction.
A Wallflower Christmas was such a lovely treat and a great addition, if not the last, for our beautiful wallflower characters. Hannah and Rafe were a delightful pair both passionate, strong-willed, and admirable. I am so happy they were written the way they are and I won't want it any other way.
So I guess this was her last Historical Romance until she could write another set of striking heroes and heroines. I feel really sad for this to end because this was a very good story and these are the people you wouldn't want to part away so soon. I love everything so much I can't help it.
'Christmas wasn't merely a single day. Christmas was a feeling.'
I LOVE Marcus, Lord Westcliff, so much I can't gush enough! He's definitely one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas hero together with the likes of Cam, Kev a I LOVE Marcus, Lord Westcliff, so much I can't gush enough! He's definitely one of my favorite Lisa Kleypas hero together with the likes of Cam, Kev and Leo from the Hathaway's series; and Gage and Jack Travis from her contemporary, Travises series. ...more
"I think the most profound beauty is found in what our hearts love. And I love this, Kate, more than I love anything else. It is beautiful to me. It
"I think the most profound beauty is found in what our hearts love. And I love this, Kate, more than I love anything else. It is beautiful to me. It is home."
With the talk of marrying whom, Kate sworn to never, ever marry. For she had discovered the ways of how things might end up should she follow her desires. How she longed for escape, freedom, and living the life not shadowing the wrong doings of her family. And when Henry is there, constantly saving her, sweeping her off her feet, could she still ever think of running away?
All that jazz, and a lot more. In this latest novel from the wonderful Julianne Donaldson, she creates and explores a society in peril with novelty, class and sacred reputation whom some of them could even care less about. I guess the potent thought of this novel, as well as with the other, is how incredibly principled and dignified the lead was til the end.
Having read and lovedEdenbrooke: A Proper Romance to a degree, I vowed to read the next book this author would grace to this land. And yes, I have been eyeing Blackmoore since I heard of its progression. Because man, if you haven't read Edenbrooke I don't know how much you've been missing. It's the book that you'd want, and so much more. From the sweetest and the swooniest romance to the mighty heroine, one could never go wrong of the one of a kind historical novel.
With Blackmoore: A Proper Romance, I'd say we got a taste of another side of this author. While I did not love it as much as I have its predecessor, it was still a great story nonetheless. And unlike its predecessor, this has a more evedent drive with its grave issues at hand - with marriage, reputations, reflection to the society - and because Ms. Donaldson doesn't take it easy on her readers. No. She gives us what we want to learn and what we could greatly ponder. She gives us hope, with her invariable females so admirable and true I wish I have their courage. Unwavering in distress, yet standing up to what they believe was right and just, fighting for what they want to have. Those to be the epitome of feminism.
"There is nothing beautiful in the natural world than what you have just seen. There is nothing more moving than that devotion, that steadfast love."
I applaud how the author writes such classical romance with the touch of reality. That said, you should not have lived in the past to completely enjoy the story, rather everything truly reflects what's in the ever-present society. Fans of classic regency novels as such with Jane Austen would greatly love Julianne Donaldson's novels.
ARC provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from the advance copy may or may not be on the final copy.
Pleasantly written true, passionate, long love letters?
Being with your belove What is the essence of Romance?
Is it finding yourself blissfully content?
Pleasantly written true, passionate, long love letters?
Being with your beloved?
Or subtly and confidently charming his way to her heart?
My face grew hot at the look he cast me from under his lashes. "Ah, there it is," he said. "I've missed your blush this past half hour." I glared at him. "I think you do that on purpose." He chuckled. "What?" "Make me blush." "It's the easiest work I've ever done," he said shamelessly. "And the most enjoyable."
If you say 'Yes, yes, yes, and yes!', then this lovely, wonderful, and utterly romantic novel is for you.
Oh, you guys! I am seriously liking this story so much! It's about this young free-spirited, tough girl who goes to visit her sister over the summer but then meets this dashing, impeccable dude who's surprisingly something. They had an unfortunate encounter at the wrong time so obviously they had doubts among each other. But everything gets better after that! This young 'couple' was so fun when they're trying to figure out what they feel with each other. Then there's misfortunes they had to get pass through, and secrets they were about to discover. Really, I could care less about the story because I am gravely smitten over Philip! *sigh*
Edenbrooke is clearly not your typical historical romance. It's sweet, innocent, genuine, and unadulterated among other things. This lacks the subsequent aggressive nature between lovers they show towards each other. In short: no sexy times here. Only if you consider Sir Philip's smoldering gaze sexy, then that's an exception. The author is a fan of the works of Jane Austen and seeing that her novels are so chaste it maybe, kinda, you know... lame if you put your readers on their toes. But I love Jane Austen nonetheless! But what she (Julianne Donaldson) did here was bringing it up a notch without the ever present grunting and manhandling your lover(which by the way is sometimes sick).
The story is quite simple. If you're a fan of romance novels then you'd quickly know how the flow of the story goes. And it's up to you whether you're delighted with it or not. And lately I've experienced both -- good and bad. When I choose to read Edenbrooke, I was unprepared for the flawless idea. The characters are righteous all through out. Their exemplary disposition just shows that even the story may be for a clean romance novel, they could make it striking than what's used to.
If I've learned something about Marianne and Philip it's that romance is tender, pure, innocent, affectionate, and unselfish. I know this is super cliché but when it comes to the matter of the heart, you gotta follow it. Gah! Philip is turning me all too mushy, and I'm not even like this!
I am definitely looking forward to this author's other works because she writes so good that it makes your heart beat fast and your insides flutter. They're just so darn sweet.