I have always loved historical romances. I loved the drama of it all, and of course the romance. What I didn't always love was how almost every book II have always loved historical romances. I loved the drama of it all, and of course the romance. What I didn't always love was how almost every book I read seemed to end with the hero and heroine getting married, as if that was the end of their love story. As a woman about to get married herself, I certainly know that marriage is not the end of the road! So I set about writing a story that answered the age old question: what happens after happily ever after?
A Brooding Beauty is the first novella in the Wedded Women Quartet. It is about Catherine and Marcus, two people who fancied themselves in love and got married. Three years later they are barely speaking to each other. This is a story of missed chances and poor communication, something that is rampant in every relationship. If only Marcus or Catherine had the courage to simply speak their minds! But alas, such is not the case with these two hard headed love birds. Will they let rumors and mistrust tear them apart completely? Or will they be able to find their way back to the love they once knew? Find out in A Brooding Beauty, available now on Amazon for only $0.99!
If you liked Marcus and Catherine's story, be sure to find out what happens to Margaret and Henry in A Ravishing Redhead, available now! :) ...more
Finished last night... Not sure what I think yet. A lot of it seemed awfully familiar. Will write a longer review later. Until then, 3.5 stars I thinkFinished last night... Not sure what I think yet. A lot of it seemed awfully familiar. Will write a longer review later. Until then, 3.5 stars I think. ...more
Let me preface this by saying that I am a big Lisa Kleypas fan. We are talking HUGE. I have read every single one of her books. I own them in ebook aLet me preface this by saying that I am a big Lisa Kleypas fan. We are talking HUGE. I have read every single one of her books. I own them in ebook and print. I have reread many of them time and time again. Basically, I think she is just about the best historical romance author out there (next to Judith McNaught and early Johanna Lindsay). Maybe that's why Rainshadow Road was such a disappointment to me. Maybe my standards were just too high. That's always a risk you run, I suppose, when you put an author on a pedestal so high it could reach the frickin' stars. Then again, this is Kleypas we're talking about. She has made me cry until the fiancee was genuinely worried about me, laugh until my cheeks hurt, and made my heart sigh with want (seriously, how do I get my very own gypsy??).
Suffice it to say, Rainshadow Road did none of those things.
The story is shorter than her other works, but that wasn't it. There was something... missing. I never grew attached to Lucy. I never swooned over Sam. I saw them strictly as characters, and never as genuine people, which is the trick to great romances (at least in my mind).
I actually found Alice (Lucy's sister who is the one source of turmoil in the story) to be more interesting than the heroine, and I hope she gets her own story. I think Alex, Sam's woebegone brother, is next so I will most likely read the next installment because he seems (at least on the outside) to be more interesting than his bland brother.
If this had been written by anyone else I would have most likely given it 3 stars. It IS a well crafted story. The dialogue is smooth. The descriptions are good. It's just lacking the "it" factor that I expect from a book with Kleypas' name across the front. ...more
Just re-read this book for the third or fourth time... So, so, so good. Lily Lawson is ahead of her time as far as heroines go, and Alex is just so.Just re-read this book for the third or fourth time... So, so, so good. Lily Lawson is ahead of her time as far as heroines go, and Alex is just so... just so... well, dreamy. The man is dreamy and I want one JUST like him. ...more
“I will spoil you beyond measure,” said [Lord Richard Penny]. “You shall never want for anything. Jewels? They are yours. Furs? I shall strike the beasts down myself. Mansions? I will–”
Josephine waved her hand in the air, cutting him off. “Do stop,” she implored, her lower lip jutting out in a pout that made his loins surge anew. “I fear you are making my head ache. Really, Lord Penny, you are only embarrassing yourself. Rather like a flea ridden dog begging to be taken back by his master after he has been thrown on the street.”
“Do you know who he is, Jo?” Lord Penny said, effectively halting her in her tracks. “The man who shot me! Do you know him?”
Her cheeks paled. She pressed one hand to her chest, feeling the rapid beat of her heart. “Yes,” she managed to squeak, all of her carefully constructed layers of confidence stripped to the quick. “Yes I do.”
Lord Penny’s eyes bulged. “Then who is the damn cur?” he demanded.
Josephine braced one arm against the doorframe to hold herself up. “My husband,” she said, finally meeting Traverson’s cold gaze. “He is my husband.”
“Lying. You do it so well and so often that usually you can look straight into the eyes of the person you are lying to, but you cannot do it with me. You always look down at the last second, or to the side, like you did just now.”
“Traverson,” Josephine gasped, breaking free. “Have you… have you done this before?”
His eyes dark, his voice little more than a growl, he said, “Kissed you before? No.”
“I meant ever. Have you ever kissed—”
His curse filled the air, and he ripped himself from her arms so savagely she tripped. Quickly righting herself, she saw the pain flash across his face before he could hide it, followed quickly by embarrassment that left his cheeks red and his eyes little more than angry slits. He has never kissed a woman, she thought dazedly. And if he has never kissed one, then he has certainly never bedded one.
“Traverson,” she said hesitantly, not quite meeting his gaze, “are you… are you a virgin?”
The first chapter of A Lascivious Lady is now available! Click here to get your first taste of Josephine and Traverson, the next couple to be featured in the Wedded Women Quartet. And make sure to look for A Lascivious Lady when it is released in August! ...more
I remember sneaking this book off my mom's shelf when I was fourteen and reading it. Probably not the best reading material for a young teenager, butI remember sneaking this book off my mom's shelf when I was fourteen and reading it. Probably not the best reading material for a young teenager, but nevertheless I fell head over heels in love with Kristen and Royce and have read Hearts Aflame a dozen times over since then. It is, in my opinion, the best book I have ever read by Lindsey (and I have read nearly all of them). There was action, adventure, love, betrayal, and a tough as nails female heroine, something I had never encountered before (and have rarely seen since) in historical romance.
If I could give this book a hundred, nay, a thousand stars I would! ...more