A tremendously satisfying final chapter in Collins' "Lords of Anarchy" series, this romance focuses on Ophelia and Trent and has an extremely engrossiA tremendously satisfying final chapter in Collins' "Lords of Anarchy" series, this romance focuses on Ophelia and Trent and has an extremely engrossing mystery woven into the Regency romance storyline. You don't have to have read the others in the series to enjoy this one but whyever not? Buy them all and treat yourself!
Ophelia writes for a lady's magazine which is how she connects with another woman writer, only this one soon is abducted and committed for madness, despite Ophelia's attempts to intervene. She turns to Trent, newly installed as lesser of the once disgraced "Lords of Anarchy" and eager to forestall the fallout which implicates a club member. This brings him together with Ophelia and the investigation is deftly slipped into their budding romance.
Some might find Ophelia's mother a bit of a cipher and her rival suitor has no clear motivations but, other than those minor complaints, I was entranced. A keeper!...more
A supernatural/paranormal regency romance with secret society setting. There's maybe a bit too much going on in this one book to make it develop fullyA supernatural/paranormal regency romance with secret society setting. There's maybe a bit too much going on in this one book to make it develop fully and neatly, especially when the supernatural elements are used to fast-forward on the sexual elements of the relationship between Cassandra Darkin, a young woman on the fringes of polite society who is also a fire elemental, and Garret Sterling, a psychic who's fearful of the destructive power of his dreams that presage horrible fates for those near and dear to him.
That said, there are some fascinating characters and episodes on the road to happily ever after for our lead characters, if the whole is still rather too predictable to make me much interested in picking up the next in the series....more
This is a sweet regency romance with a clear conflict set up from the first moment you meet the protagonists. Adam lost his first wife to horrible comThis is a sweet regency romance with a clear conflict set up from the first moment you meet the protagonists. Adam lost his first wife to horrible complications in childbirth and so he vows never to marry again for fear of putting another woman through that torment. Even though he inherits the family earldom, he's content to stay unwed since he has a young relative who can succeed. But that same little boy needs care and support, just as his new responsibilities need shouldering), so it's off to London for a little while.
That's where he meets Katherine, a sheltered young woman who longs to break away, at least a little, from her well-meaning family. Long-ago injured in an accident that claimed all the rest of her family, she's doted on by her aging uncles and aunt, who don't let her do anything without her cane. Meeting Adam who knows nothing of her handicap sets the two up for a lot of misunderstandings but also an attraction that he wants to fight (for not wanting to risk the life of any woman, especially one so delicate) and she does, too (for she wants a husband who will give her a lively family which Adam tells her he won't do).
Given their clear conflict on that matter, it's a bit surprising how often the two fall into each others' arms. I suppose this is to show just how right they are for each other but it's rather rotten of Adam to get so hot and heavy with a young woman whose reputation he could thoroughly ruin and in so many semi-public venues. The scandals slowly pile up until he's left with no choice which doesn't really make for a happy shift from flirtation to marriage.
I thought that Adam's fears were entirely too quickly put to rest but at least it ended the "will they/won't they?" elements that plagued their hot-and-cold sessions. And I liked that Adam's young ward was a well-defined child with enough liveliness to be a real kid as well as a plot moppet....more
Absolutely delicious Regency romance! Ashlyn Macnamara begins her newest series with a bang. Dangle an urgent family worry in front of the eldest of tAbsolutely delicious Regency romance! Ashlyn Macnamara begins her newest series with a bang. Dangle an urgent family worry in front of the eldest of three sisters, daughters of a hypochondriac duke suddenly falling ill, and watch her scramble to find out what's what. It helps to have a skilled Bow Street runner - and that's where mystery and romance come together.
I loved the heroine, Lady Elizabeth, and hero, Dysart, a Bow Street runner with a mysterious background. They are two smart and responsible individuals who have put everyone else first in their lives for far too long. But their intelligence and dogged determination also brings them squarely up against each other. Dysart enjoys poking at Elizabeth's high status but that's clearly hiding the way in which he's afraid of becoming too entangled with this entrancing, maddening woman. All the while as they are drawn to each other, the question of who might be behind the duke's possible poisoning becomes more and more pressing!
As always, Macnamara writes not only great romance, but puts the leads into a wonderful group of engaging, sometimes maddening characters. You'll love Elizabeth's two sisters - one horse mad and another artistic - but you will split your sides over their Great-Aunt and smile at the slow revelation of the duke's own charm as a slightly dotty father. But even the most minor character is note-perfect. (Look for Sven. He needs his own book or, possibly, novella!) I appreciate the way in which a little laughter always lurks beneath the surface of this story.
This is a steamy romance, building slowly over the story to some really close connections between Lady Elizabeth and her investigator beau. There's danger, there's adventure, there's humour and there's a very intriguing happily ever after opening the door to more stories for Elizabeth's sisters. I can't wait!
I received this from the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review....more
What a great romance, striking out in really unusual directions. Do you love figure-skating? Do you love romantic story lines where the hero and heroiWhat a great romance, striking out in really unusual directions. Do you love figure-skating? Do you love romantic story lines where the hero and heroine work for redemption? Do you really enjoy it when a scummy villainous ex finally gets his comeuppance at the hero's hands?
This is a book for you (and me)!
Mix a strong Russian setting, evoked with all the sense by Harmon's skilled wordplay, and a really intriguing set of plots that drive the hero and heroine onto collision courses almost as often as they drive the romance along and you have a really fascinating "Cold War renewed" romance.
Carrie is a prickly, driven and with a lot to prove after scandal has rocked her previous partnership. Anton is freshly single, on the pairs-skating scene, that is, with a very public abandonment by his partner for a better skating prospect. The plot thickens, however, with the book's opening that shows a starstruck younger Carrie falling into bed with Anton who has no idea why this American skater he's really never met before seems to have such a problem now with him. . . .
Anton's a great character - very well-developed as a gentleman and a patient, hard-working athlete who has goals beyond just scoring in the sport. Carrie might seem at first to be a spoiled little rich girl unworthy of redemption but Harmon lets her compelling story unfold slowly over the course of the book, just as the romantic attraction between her leads heats up.
With a strong sports storyline underlying the romance, this made for a really compelling read. I'm definitely looking for another of the author's book to be reading soon!...more
Charming heroine, intriguing hero. Hot mess of a bad situation which underlies their relationship. You really root for Mara and Temple but there's anCharming heroine, intriguing hero. Hot mess of a bad situation which underlies their relationship. You really root for Mara and Temple but there's an awful lot to untangle in order for them to get on with their lives and love. If you like redemption stories where the hero has struck out on his own when the world's turned its back on him, Temple's part will appeal. Mara might not appeal to as many, although I quite liked her. She was a bit too pearly perfect in what she did and how she managed but I still enjoyed the clear build-up for their romance....more
Three stars because I found it wildly unbelievable from the quick build of Carolina's relationship with Jake to the situation which leaves a presidentThree stars because I found it wildly unbelievable from the quick build of Carolina's relationship with Jake to the situation which leaves a president's daughter and her Secret Service detail marooned alone in the snowy wilderness for an endless time. Their new relationship and their new insights into themselves and their futures unfolded way too fast for me to really believe. This is a fast-paced new adult romance - if you like rebound stories where the woman has secretly been well over her last guy but unable to admit she's madly in lust (and later love) with the hot guy nearby, you'll like this one!...more
A touch melodramatic at times but when you start with a heroine who is so down on her luck she's sleeping in the pews of a church, melodrama is permitA touch melodramatic at times but when you start with a heroine who is so down on her luck she's sleeping in the pews of a church, melodrama is permitted. Carla Kelly is, as always, a deft hand at drawing intensely human characters - Charles and Sally are vivid and flawed and terribly compelling. You can see the catastrophe looming over their relationship from the start even as you hope that they'll avoid the conflict that's brewing.
I adore Kelly's way with secondary characters. Even the "villainous" types are multifaceted and the rest of the supporting cast are plainly fascinating. But the stars of the story are our romantic leads. You really root for them both.
There's a shocking rock-bottom when the conflict hits the worst points. Kelly makes the couple and the readers really work for their happily ever after but it's worthwhile!...more