Outrageously funny! Definitely a Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Gillian, who is half American, was raised in the colonieOutrageously funny! Definitely a Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
Gillian, who is half American, was raised in the colonies. Now she is in London, taking part in her first season, alongside her cousin Charlotte, despite being past the age of debut at twenty-five. Wherever she goes, mayhem follows as her unfortunate habit of speaking whatever is on her mind and her accident prone ways unfold. She is sure that no one will want her, especially the handsome Lord Wessex.
Noble Britton, Lord Wessex, is also known as the Black Earl. He is back out in society now, several years after the death of his wife. Rumors have run rampant that he is her killer, which makes it harder for him to accomplish his mission of finding a bride, who will also be a mother to his young son. Still, he has certain qualities that he is looking for in a wife. Foremost, she must be unassuming and not cause a scandal. When he meets Gillian, he finds her open honesty and sparkling laughter refreshing and cannot deny his desire for her. Quickly making up his mind, he marries her within a matter of days.
Taking her to his home, it is not long before he finds that just being around his new wife takes a bodily toll as he suffers one injury after another, but she means well as she defends him against a society that will have little to do with him, and soon he finds that with her, his heart is healing. But will he let down the walls he has built around his heart enough to let her in, or will he lose the woman he loves?
Outrageously funny, NOBLE INTENTIONS, the first book in New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister’s NOBLE series, is a laugh riot. Both characters will touch your heart as they wade through their problems on their journey to happy-ever-after, often to hilarious results. This is a reissue, which I read before when it was first published years ago, but I still could not resist reading it again. This captivating, Regency historical romance, which I could not put down while any pages remained unread, kept me reading well into the wee hours of the morning, but the loss of sleep was well worth it. This is a book I will keep to read again. Readers will find it impossible to be sad while reading this story, although you may still shed tears of laughter. If you are looking for hilarity and heart in an unputdownable historical romance, NOBLE INTENTIONS is the book for you! Regency romance lovers – do not delay another day in picking up a copy of this delectable novel. I highly recommend it and cannot wait to read the next installment in this series, NOBLE DESTINY, which is due to be re-released in June 2014!
A Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com;
Two years ago, Candace Woodrow and her two friends, Maria Pagliano and Rebecca, startedA Recommended Read! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com;
Two years ago, Candace Woodrow and her two friends, Maria Pagliano and Rebecca, started a business called Gift Baskets to Die For. They started the business in her home, but the business has taken off and now they are working out of a storefront and making enough to pay the rent and give each of them a decent salary. With her wedding only three weeks away, everything should be perfect for her, but lately anything pertaining to the wedding seems to be doomed. Her DJ had a heart attack and the priest ran off with the church secretary, who turned out to be a male, instead of the female everyone thought he was. To top matters off, the dress shop burned down with her dress inside. Ever since she agreed to marry Barry, everything has been going wrong. Her madcap grandmother contends that all of these problems are a sign. If she believed in such things, she would have called the wedding off long ago. A very detail oriented person, she researches and analyzes every move she makes and has a very pragmatic attitude toward marriage that does not include love and romance. With her parents off on their own, living their own lives, the only family nearby is her Grandma Woodrow, a spry seventy-six-year-old retiree who lives on the other side of the duplex from Candace.
With only three weeks until the wedding and needing a dress, Maria and Rebecca suggest that they make it a girl’s night. After their failure to find the right dress that evening, they went out for dinner and drinks. That was the last thing Candace remembered until she woke up the next morning in a strange apartment in only her bra and panties. Through the doorway leading to the bathroom, she saw a gorgeous stranger in the process of shaving.
Michael Vogler, owner of Vogler Advertising, has not been able to get Candace off his mind since she stormed out of his apartment the day before. But he did not get her phone number and is not even sure of her name. Recently, one of their clients sent them a basket from a company called Gifts to Die For and everyone had loved the concept. In fact, one of his clients, a baby food manufacturer, is interested in sending out fifteen thousand of the baskets to expectant mothers in the area, advertising their product and a few other clients also wanted to add to these baskets. So the previous Friday, he had set up an appointment to meet with the owners of the business this afternoon. Michael is surprised, but pleased, when he sees that Candace is one of the owners. As he sees her more often in the following days, he knows he is falling for her. But he has always steered away from commitment. After all, he has never seen a happy marriage and doesn’t believe that they actually exist. But one taste of this woman he has dubbed ‘Candy’ just may change his mind, if he can only convince her to give them a chance.
Deliciously funny and sexy, THE BRIDE WHO WORE CHOCOLATE, the first novel in award winning author Shirley Jump’s SWEET AND SAVORY series, is a hilarious and passionate contemporary romance that I found impossible to put down. The imagery created by Ms. Jump’s descriptive phrases will leave you with a smile, if not outright laughter. I totally loved this story and cannot wait to read the rest of the stories in this delightful series. This is one of the most entertaining stories I have read in some time and I rated it at five blue ribbons only because there was no higher rating. In addition to the scrumptious story, there are many delicious chocolate recipes, to which Ms. Jump adds an additional ingredient; humor. I have never had such fun reading a recipe and look forward to trying them out. With engaging characters, passion, clever repartee, gift baskets, a creative plot, lots of chocolate, romance and love, this is a story you will want to read more than once. If you love romantic comedy with a bit of spice, this is the book for you! But beware; this story will leave you with a longing for chocolate! THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is a definite keeper and a recommended read. Do not miss it!
Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she fTaken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com
Witch Garnet Lacey had been late getting to her coven meeting. So when she arrived, expecting teasing, she found, instead, that her whole coven was dead and the Vatican hunters were walking among the bodies. Too late, they saw her. Calling upon the goddess Lilith, Garnet sought and won revenge against them, leaving a swath of destruction behind. With the help of her ex-boyfriend, vampire Daniel Parrish, she buried the bodies. Now eight months later, she has relocated to Madison, Wisconsin. Trying to keep her inner goddess, Lilith, from taking over and to keep the Vatican hunters, known as the Order of Eustace, from finding her, she has vowed not to use her magic. Besides, her familiar, a cat named Barney, is allergic to magic. Deciding to hide in plain sight, she gets a job as manager at Mercury’s Crossing, an occult bookstore and herb emporium. Having found a job she enjoys and friends that she cares for, the last thing she wants to do is go on the run again. But she is prepared to run at a moment’s notice.
Sebastian von Traum, a vampire through alchemy, lost his wife. He had tried to save her, but his efforts failed, leaving her in a state of limbo. Although he buried her, she is not technically dead. The Vatican vampire hunters want Sebastian dead, but they also want his reanimation formula. His son, Matyas, a dhampir, keeps digging his mother up and hopes to get a Vatican exorcism for his mother, who lingers somewhere between death and vampirism. So he is helping them against his father.
One night, just as Garnet is preparing to close the shop, Sebastian walks in, hoping to purchase mandrake root for his reanimation spell. Right away, she notices that he does not have an aura, meaning he is dead. Still, due to an instant attraction between them, she goes for coffee with him after closing the shop. Later, when a Vatican vampire hunter overhears her talking about Sebastian, she begins to ask Garnet some questions about him. Realizing just who the woman is, Garnet sets out to protect him and goes to his home to warn him. She ends up staying the night, but she notices that he spends his days outside in the sun, making her wonder if he is a vampire after all, or is he some other powerful being? With vampire hunters after them, Garnet’s ex back in town, hoping to reunite with her, and Sebastian’s deceased wife somewhere between life and death, should Garnet run again, or should she do what she longs to do and take a stand?
A fresh, sexy tale, TALL, DARK AND DEAD, the first book in talented author Tate Hallaway’s GARNET LACEY series, is a witty, sensual paranormal romance that draws you in right from the beginning. This story addresses the battle between good and evil. But where normally, the Vatican would be the good and witches would be the evil, Ms. Tate has switched the roles, making the Vatican the villains. A vegetarian, Garnet strives for peace and constantly struggles to keep the evil Lilith under wraps. Paranormal romance lovers will get a kick out of this story and are sure to go in search of the sequels. Imbued with surprising plot twists, quirky characters, humor, vampires, witchcraft, goddesses and a love triangle, this fast-paced story is delightful. Although it is somewhat dark, the humor helps to lighten it. The characters are flawed and complicated, but this adds depth to this originally creative and delightfully entertaining story. Once you read this story, I am sure you will be seeking the other books in this series; DEAD SEXY, ROMANCING THE DEAD, DEAD IF I DO and HONEYMOON OF THE DEAD.
A delectably sexy tale! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
It has been more than a decade since Daisy Elizabeth Drake has seen Lucian. In herA delectably sexy tale! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
It has been more than a decade since Daisy Elizabeth Drake has seen Lucian. In her younger years she had followed him around like a puppy. But now, accidentally meeting him again outside the Society of Antiquaries lecture hall, he does not even recognize her. Of course, he and his family had only spent a week at her home at Dragon Caern Castle, but she has never forgotten him. It had been the most memorable time of her life. Her great-aunt, Isabella, now the wife of an earl, had once been a famous courtesan. Daisy attends her aunt’s soirees as often as she can. She credits these events and Isabella’s library for the fact that she is better educated than most ladies her age. Recently she discovered the unpublished memoirs of Mademoiselle Blanche La Tour, a French courtesan, in her aunt’s library. Due to the courtesan’s descriptive writing of her adventurous life both in and out of the bedroom, Daisy’s knowledge of intimate behavior is far greater than her personal experience. At twenty-one now, she is considered a spinster. She has petitioned for admission to the Society of Antiquaries many times, but was always blackballed due to her gender.
Lucian Ignacio de Castenello Beaumont is the son and heir of Ellery Beaumont, Earl of Montford. He bears the title Viscount Rutland, one of his father’s lesser titles. In the past, his father had convinced many wealthy men to invest in a South Sea Company stock. When the price of the stock nosedived, many of the investors had lost their fortunes, reducing them to poverty. Now Lucian has discovered a tablet, which tells of a treasure that has never been recovered and he is looking for a partner so he can continue the search. Already he has put much of his own money in the venture. But when he put his plan to the society, his venture was compared to his father’s stock failure, leaving Lucian furious.
Not only didn’t Lucian recognize her, he hadn’t even invited her to listen to his speech before the society. So she snuck in and found a seat in the back row, hoping no one would notice as she perused the erotic mosaics in the front of the room. As she listened to Lucien’s lecture, he mentioned a Roman treasure that went astray and was never recovered. When she was a young girl, her uncle had discovered a pirate’s cache of gold under the stones at her home in Cornwall, so she is enthralled at this news of a treasure. Her uncle was a baron and a former pirate, but this sudden wealth had changed her family’s life forever. She and her sisters have a generous dowry and Daisy could have married many times, but she is not interested in any man who would marry her for her money. Besides, none of them make her heart race like Lucien does. She longs for her own adventure and finding a treasure of her own. After the meeting, she re-introduced herself to Lucian an offered to invest in his venture. But since his father hates all Drakes and aware of how irksome Daisy was as a child tomboy, he turns her down. Desperate for an adventure, she convinces Isabella to allow her to attend the evening’s soiree, a masquerade ball, which she attends as the French courtesan Mademoiselle Blanche La Tour.
Lucian’s imagination is filled with gentlemanly pursuits, but his financial state keeps him from seeking them. However, it does not stop him from attending Isabella’s masquerade party. Seeing the woman in red at the masquerade ball, he takes her to be a high priced courtesan. A virgin, he needs a woman like this to teach him the subtleties of fleshly delights. Finally, he convinces ‘Blanche’ to teach him these earthly delights in exchange for some Roman antiquities. He also agrees to take her on as a partner in his venture when she offers to send an agent in her stead to help with the excavation. But what will happen when he discovers that ‘Blanche’ is Daisy, as is her so-called partner? Can Daisy pull off his lessons, and where will they lead them?
An enticing tale, HOW TO VEX A VISCOUNT, the latest novel by talented author Mia Marlowe, is a cleverly passionate historical romance that will capture your attention from the very beginning. Lucian needs a partner and Daisy is determined to be that partner, no matter what she has to do. But learning about fleshly delights from a book and actually experiencing them firsthand are as different as day and night, as Daisy soon learns. They have a sizzling sexual chemistry that will keep readers avidly turning the pages. By infusing her story with humor, passion, ventures, clever dialogue, engaging characters, adventure, hidden treasure, erotic art, French courtesans, suspense, romance and love, Ms. Marlowe has penned a winning story. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone looking for a great story with plenty of humor and spice. Do not miss it!
A magical tale of ghosts, shape-shifters, a Scottish castle and tender love! Actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
As the magA magical tale of ghosts, shape-shifters, a Scottish castle and tender love! Actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
As the magic passed down to famous magician Merlin’s children, they became rulers, with some possessing more magic than others. Their titles reflected their gifts. The more elevated the title, the more magic they held. But out of all mankind, the baronets, who were the shape-shifters, were immune to his magic. Merlin also created thirteen magical relics from the gems of the earth. These were the focus of some of his greatest spells and after his death, his children tried to find these elusive items. As it was discovered that the baronets could sniff out the power of a relic, they became the secret spies for many rulers.
Ghost hunter Lady Philomena ‘Phil’ Radcliff was orphaned at a young age. So she used her magical abilities to support herself, allowing her theatrical talent to convince her audience. Her main concern was to alleviate the suffering of those who had endured tragedy. During her latest séance, her group was joined by Sir Nicodemus and Phil was overcome by her attraction to him, despite the fact that she felt she was too old for such foolishness. Her only regret at never marrying was not having any children, but then she had been followed home by a young ghost, Tup, whom only she could see. What Sir Nicodemus Wulfson, Baronet of Grimspell Castle, witnesses at the séance convinces him that he has found the right medium. His brother claims that Grimspell Castle is being haunted by ghosts and they are disturbing his sleep. Nico does not believe in spirits and he is willing to spend a fortune for Phil to travel there and convince his brother that there is no such thing. Distracted, Philomena accepts the offer.
Phil is thrilled by the castle and its owner has her feelings things she has never felt before. However, she is forty and he is in his twenties. Because of the age difference, she tries to maintain her distance. But there are secret happenings at the castle and the resident ghosts are just the tip of the iceberg. It will take the two of them working together to overcome the threat to the castle. Will she be able to find out what has them haunting the sleep and health of Nico’s brother? Will working together bring Phil and Nico closer together, or tear them apart?
A magical tale, ENCHANTING THE BEAST, the third book in author Kathryne Kennedy’s THE RELICS OF MERLIN series is a witty, imaginative paranormal romance. The story will keep you guessing as to the identity of the villain and the suspense, well-drawn characters and fast-paced plot will keep you turning the pages. I enjoyed the interaction between Nico and Phil, and they seem so well suited to each other that the age difference is irrelevant.
Ghosts, shape-shifters, magic, subterfuge, a Scottish castle, séances, humor, hauntings, passion, a May-December romance and tender love abound in this delightful tale that will captivate you from the very first page. I enjoyed this story immensely as well as the other stories in this amazing series. Although this book can be read as a standalone, be sure to also check out the previous two installments, including ENCHANTING THE LADY and DOUBLE ENCHANTMENT. If you are a fan of paranormal romance, this novel is a must read!
An adventure-packed novel! Rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
For the past sixteen years, Laura Grey has been a governess. At sixteAn adventure-packed novel! Rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:
For the past sixteen years, Laura Grey has been a governess. At sixteen, Laura, the daughter of Michel de Griscogne, a French sculptor and Chiara de Veneti, an Italian poetess, had been left to fend for herself when her parents had died. So she had lied about her age, claiming to be twenty, to obtain her first position as a governess. But she did not want to spend the rest of her years in that profession, so when her last pupil had married, she had gone in a different direction and joined the Selwick Spy School. Now in Paris, she is about to undertake her first mission, which is to embed herself into the household of the Assistant Prefect of Police Andre Jaouen, keeping any eye out for any suspicious behavior or any other useful information. Working undercover as Laura Griscogne, with a code name of the Silver Orchid; she will take her instructions from the famous flower spy, the Pink Carnation, as directed. Her only training had been her years as a governess and six months at a spy school in Sussex. This is not much training considering her job was to outwit a man who made a business out of outwitting others. Besides, her tutelage under the Selwicks had been haphazard and did not seem to fit in with her current situation. But since Jaouen had needed a governess, she got the assignment. It has been seventeen years since Laura has been to Paris and there had been a revolution in the interval, which is why she is there now. But nothing has prepared her for the scars that the city still bears or the bloodstains that haven’t come out. However, this is her chance and all she has to do is prove to the Pink Carnation that she can spy as well as she can teach. Her ability to be neither seen nor heard and to blend into the background was the reason that the Pink Carnation had hired her in the first place.
Andre’s wife, Julie, died four years ago, leaving two small children in her father’s care. He has been tutoring them. But with his death, the children, along with their nursemaid, head to Paris and the cold, austere building that is their new residence. Andre, with the unwanted assistance of his arch-rival Gaston Delaroche, has been investigating a Royalist plot to overthrow the First Consul of France, Napoleon Bonaparte. It seems that Delaroche takes every opportunity to make insinuating threats about Andre’s children. Andre has trouble trying to figure out his new prim governess, but he also suspects that she may have been planted into his home by Delaroche. Laura is also curious about her handsome employer. Andre, a Revolutionist, is becoming dispirited, finding that the Revolutionist ideals of liberté, égalité and fraternité no longer seem to apply in this regime of terror and fear. He does not like what is happening in his country or what his job now entails.
Laura does not feel like a spy at all; she seems to be in the same staid governess position that she has always held. That is, until she begins to notice Andre’s strange behavior and secret meetings. As things begin to heat up, she finds herself in the midst of uncovering a plot to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte and reinstate a Bourbon to the French throne. Soon Andre and Laura find the need to team up, acting as man and wife and traveling under the guise of performers in the Commedia dell'Aruzzio troupe. But hot on their heels is Andre’s arch-rival Delaroche. Can the Pink Carnation help them escape to safety? Will Andre and Laura have a future together as more than governess and employer? Will Laura’s first mission be her last?
An adventure-packed tale, THE ORCHID AFFAIR, the eighth book in author Lauren Willig’s popular PINK CARNATION series, is an edge-of-your-seat, exciting historical romance that will capture your attention right away and not let go until the very end. This historical tale is encased within a contemporary story of modern day scholar Eloise Kelly, who is in Paris with her boyfriend, Colin Selwick, a descendant of the Pink Carnation and the Purple Gentian, to celebrate his mother’s birthday at a weekend party. While there, Eloise is also doing research for her doctoral thesis on the British flower spies during the Napoleonic Wars and seeking a pink marzipan pig. Rife with historical details, this novel is also filled with suspense, an original and intriguing plot, a delightful change of scenery, complex characters, witty repartee and romance, this story is one you will want to add to your keeper shelf. There is no need to read the previous books in this series to understand this story, other than for pure enjoyment. At any rate, do not miss THE ORCHID AFFAIR! In addition, you may want to check out her more recent book; THE GARDEN INTRIGUE, which is the ninth book of this series.
This book, bubbling with secrets, passion, intrigue, danger, humor and romance, is one of the reasons that gifted author Jennifer Ashley is a constantThis book, bubbling with secrets, passion, intrigue, danger, humor and romance, is one of the reasons that gifted author Jennifer Ashley is a constant on my list of authors whose books I must read. Actually, I rated this book at 4.5....more