Another outstanding historical fiction romance from Donna Thorland! As I've come to expect, there is a strong mystery plot coupled with a sexy romanceAnother outstanding historical fiction romance from Donna Thorland! As I've come to expect, there is a strong mystery plot coupled with a sexy romance. And an attention to detail that left me wanting more. I knew nothing about the Dutch history of New York before I read this, and now I'm fascinated by it. It's a little-discussed corner of American Revolutionary history and I was pleased to learn something new about a subject I thought I knew well. As a romance reader, I loved the reunited lovers plot, and thought both Anna and Gerrit were well-developed, intriguing characters. I wish there were room for another book about his brother, but that's just the series lover in me....more
Donna Thorland is one of those writers who I know will give me a great adventure, a sexy romance and pitch perfect historical detail. This time she taDonna Thorland is one of those writers who I know will give me a great adventure, a sexy romance and pitch perfect historical detail. This time she takes the reader behind the scenes of the theatre during the American Revolution. Our heroine, Jennifer Leighton, is a colonial playwright who dreams of having her plays performed on the London stage. And when she hears that British General and playwright "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne is nearby, she devises a scheme to get her play in front of him. But first she has to get past his handsome and ruthless (Loyalist) handler, Severin Devere. As so often happens, things don't go according to plan and soon both Jenny and Severin are questioning their own loyalties and falling hopelessly in love in the process. I loved the rich historical detail and the mix of real historical figures with fictional ones. I'd known a bit about Burgoyne but knew nothing of his writings, for instance. And the details of life in Manhattan during the war were fascinating. Both Jenny and Severin were well drawn characters and I appreciated how they came to feel more than physical attraction for one another--though that was smoking!--over the course of having their loyalties tested. It made their bond that much stronger until their HEA became utterly inevitable. The supporting characters were just as fascinating as the main pair and several had me wanting to reread all of Thorland's books. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Loved!...more
In her first book after her fairy tale series, Eloisa James revisits the world of her Desperate Duchesses, featuring Thorne, aka Tobias, illegitimateIn her first book after her fairy tale series, Eloisa James revisits the world of her Desperate Duchesses, featuring Thorne, aka Tobias, illegitimate son of the Duke of Villiers, as the hero. His heroine? Lady India St. Claire, the daughter of a marquess who makes her living as a sort of interior decorator to the English nobility. I loved every detail of this story of two damaged souls finding each other, from the lyrical language to the emotional unveiling of the harsh details of both their childhoods. Thorne is a total dish, and India is strong and sympathetic without being pitiable. Their story is sexy and funny and smart, and has supplanted A Duke of Her Own as my favorite Eloisa James book. The cameos from Villiers and Eleanor were just icing on the cake :)...more
My mind is still lingering in the artfully crafted world of Revolution-era America that Thorland created, and I have little doubt it will stay there fMy mind is still lingering in the artfully crafted world of Revolution-era America that Thorland created, and I have little doubt it will stay there for a long while. Though this is NOT a romance (some things happen in the course of the novel that would never fly in a romance--if you have rape triggers you should probably avoid this one) there is a strong romantic element with a satisfying conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed following Kate Grey and Peter Tremayne' s exploits as they crossed verbal and literal swords in British occupied Philadelphia. If I were comparing this to another author I'd say it's most like Tracy Grant' s Charles and Melanie books.
I will definitely read Donna Thorland again....more
At times poignant, at times laugh-out-loud hilarious this is Eloisa James at her playful best. The voluptuous heroine, Olivia, with her penchant for lAt times poignant, at times laugh-out-loud hilarious this is Eloisa James at her playful best. The voluptuous heroine, Olivia, with her penchant for limericks and bawdy jokes is the perfect foil for the serious-minded, yummy mathematician, Tarquin. I especially loved how Quin broke down Olivia's defenses about her body, helping her see how much he appreciated her curves. And how Olivia helped him come to terms with his past. Intertwined with the romance was a colorful cast of characters, including a flea-bitten dog named, Lucy, a musical young fellow with a flair for fashion, and a sweetly innocent marquess determined to find glory on the battlefield. Charming, sexy, and just plain fun....more
Thoroughly satisfying close to the Rarest Blooms series. Castleford's reformation still left enough of his wickedness intact to make him intriguing, aThoroughly satisfying close to the Rarest Blooms series. Castleford's reformation still left enough of his wickedness intact to make him intriguing, and Daphne's secrets were heartbreaking enough to justify her holding onto them for so long. Together they were a well-balanced couple and I can see them settling into marriage with their friends the Summerhayes', the Albrightons and the Hawkesvilles quite nicely. Can't wait to see what Hunter has in mind for her next project. I have no doubt it will be as much fun as the Rarest Blooms has been....more