the first time i read about Benedict was from The Duke and I. even from then i was intrigued by him (well...okay...i was intrigued by the older Bridgethe first time i read about Benedict was from The Duke and I. even from then i was intrigued by him (well...okay...i was intrigued by the older Bridgerton brothers). obviously, of course, Benedict is the more somber one of the lot. he's the quintessential brooding rake--who's really not a rake since he can be considered the "upstanding" one among the brothers. but, knowing how handsome and compelling he is, he might just as well be a rake. lol
i really fell in love with this story. not only because quinn engaged the other Bridgertons more in the plot, with all their irresistible quirks and peculiarities (they're really adorable in this novel), but also that, despite of this, she still superbly orchestrated the torment Sophie endured from her wicked stepmother, as well as from her secret yearning for Benedict.
another plus, was, of course, the unraveling of Benedict's fierce passion for Sophie, coupled with his own determination to stay true to his unidentified lady-love from the ball. i salute the way quinn has played out that moment when Benedict found out who this mystery lady was.
Sophie is one of those rare "strong" heroines in the genre--she has a remarkable sense of self and dignity. despite the many chances for her to let herself live out her dream in becoming Benedict's love, she has still managed to fend him off without appearing to be leading him on, staying sensible and realistic.
and Benedict, well...we all know how we feel about the Bridgerton brothers. they're almost too good to be true. but Benedict himself really is special...though he might appear to be the least wicked beside Anthony and Colin, he has his own subtle humor and endearing qualities. a real Prince for Sophie... ...more
I never thought to say this, but having a romance novel sprinkled with healthy doses of historical and educational facts on muslim culture proved veryI never thought to say this, but having a romance novel sprinkled with healthy doses of historical and educational facts on muslim culture proved very enjoyable to me.
The very real human anguish that Juliet experienced before deserting Ross was quite heart-wrenching. and Ross' steadfast love for her is so beautiful to witness.
The action and suspense is expertly manipulated by ms. putney. I also enjoyed the banter, as well as the simmering passion between the protagonists. This is not the usual damsel in distress story--there are many points of interest and facets of human emotion incorporated. All-in-all, it is a real treasure and a keeper on your shelf! ...more
The lady dons a mysterious identity to keep a heavy burden secret, with no choice but to avail of the “services” of a dangerously sexy man (and the CyThe lady dons a mysterious identity to keep a heavy burden secret, with no choice but to avail of the “services” of a dangerously sexy man (and the Cynster males are definitely a whole other species of MEN). It's exciting to see the heroine try to hide her identity from the hero, while futilely fighting his drugging seductions. And finally, when they come together in that inevitable scorching love scene you'll still be yearning for more. Will keep you up all night!...more
i wasn't really all that excited in reading Night Play since i did not quite like Seize The Night. but i thought, what the heck...
and you know what,i wasn't really all that excited in reading Night Play since i did not quite like Seize The Night. but i thought, what the heck...
and you know what, it was worth it...and more. though i was a bit miffed that i got the order of reading wrong, i still immensely enjoyed Night Play. at first i did not think much of the hero being part wolf or something like that since i thought that it might just be another one of those typical "werewolf" plots, but, surprisingly enough, Vane's story was intriguing from the start.
next thing i knew, i was staying up all night, finishing the book in no time. i was hooked.
i also liked that kenyon made an unconventional heroine in Bride. she's not the usual svelte female in most romance novels. the fact that she has an issue about her physical appearance made the story more realistic (and that's a lot considering the nature of the French Quarter...) and the fact that Vane fell hard...as in really hard...for Bride made the story so envy-worthy for any female reader.
im sure some of those who read this has yearned to have someone like Vane (i.e. a charming, sexy, gorgeous hunk of a man) in their life.
i really liked the story of this one as compared to Seize the Night since kenyon concentrated more in developing the relationship between Vane and Bride. her superb intertwining of the lovers' story with the many obstacles Vane has in connection with his "world" has redeemed kenyon in my eyes. i really loved this story: from the subtle and sometimes outrageous humor, sensual scenes, to the quirks of the supernatural and normal characters.
bytheway, watch out for Fury. now that's another de-lish specimen of a...man. female readers beware, there's an overload of handsome males in this book... ...more
ms Kleypas is the quintessential writer for regency romance, but without stinting on the passionate, lustful element. this particular novel is the lonms Kleypas is the quintessential writer for regency romance, but without stinting on the passionate, lustful element. this particular novel is the long-awaited installment of her Wallflower series starring one of her most unforgettable heroines, in a clash of wits with an outwardly strait-laced lord of the manor. watch the sparks fly!...more
the prince is selfish, totally condescending, arrogant, and dare i say it, unfeeling. he's probably one of t**spoiler alert** what a disappointment...
the prince is selfish, totally condescending, arrogant, and dare i say it, unfeeling. he's probably one of the worst "heroes" (if i could call him that) ever written. i hate that throughout the story, he keeps calling zena "child," as if she's more like a kid sister. and i despised his reaction to their first-born. zena does not deserve such a man in her life.
this is just porn supposedly packaged as a love story. even in the end, i did not feel that the guy was that in love with zena. and zena is just strongly obsessed with him, not in love. the woman has a very weak character. i feel that the prince is going to just overwhelm and trample on her for the rest of their lives. he might feel affection for her, but nowhere is it near a romantic love.
that scene where zena was in the harem and made to pleasure the men gathered was totally degrading. i found it distasteful. and even then the reaction of alex was totally unfitting. he treated her like property and stained goods, even if he feels such a strong lust for her. not even close to romantic. ...more