What do you get when you take a sexy coffee-house worker, a heartbroken witch, some hidden secrets, and a lust spell or two and shake until well combined? Deliciously sexy fun in the form of Automagically!
Evie and her two sisters are witches, though they usually don't conjure spells on a whim, especially to get themselves something. But when Evie's cheating ex-boyfriend (almost fiancée) takes off with the neighborhood babysitter, leaving Evie's heart a mess and making her curse the male gender for months, Annie and Lanie decide it's time for a bit of magic...
Their plan is to use a lust spell on a guy, making him fall for Evie, then she will break up with him and break his heart before erasing his memory of the ordeal. To Evie, this sounds tempting...but her conscious won't let her do it when the two sisters pick out her target: hunky Caleb, who works at her favorite coffee shop in town.
Evie's been (sort of) friends with Caleb for years; she knows him too well and has secretly lusted after him from the very beginning. He's more than just a man with a perfect body though. He's sweet and caring, funny and hardworking. She doesn't want to hurt him, and she definitely doesn't feel right about forcing him to like her (and bed her).
But while her mind says no, her body says yes, and when he shows up at her house that night to return her coin purse, she has to hold herself back from jumping him at the door. Against her better judgment, she finds herself casting spell number one on him, and he promptly starts taking off his clothes in her front hall! The plan is working perfectly--so why does she feel uneasy about doing this? As the clothes come off and the heat rises, clear thinking becomes a bit...impossible. But instead of some post-sex snuggling later, she's ready to come clean to Caleb and apologize. However, right when she's about to do so, she gets this feeling in her head, and then all she can think about again is Caleb--and his unclothed body.
In a world where many things go bump in the night, sometimes it's hard to tell who is on the good side, and who is pure evil....Enter Amy Blankenship's paranormal world, where vampires are not just fictional characters in cheap horror movies and shifters roam the land. Moon Dance, the first novel in her Blood Bound series, gives us a brief taste of the paranormal, while showing a promise for many future thrills and horrors to be found. Within the pages of this book lies a very complex storyline; at times, you must read carefully to be sure that you do not get confused with the various characters and their intentions.
Many of the problems that arise in this book are due to an event that happened over 30 years before the beginning of the story. There are two shifter clans in the area--the cougars and the jaguars. For many years, they lived in peace and friendship as the leaders of both were best friends. Or so it seemed... But when the mate of the jaguar leader is found murdered, Kane, a vampire and trusted friend of both of these men, is framed for her death, as he is lying on top of her body. Furious, Malachi seeks revenge and with the help of Nathaniel binds Kane to the earth, burying him alive and locking his powers away. Only the blood of his soul mate can release him, and Kane, though having lived for centuries, has never found her.
Nearly twenty years after this, Malachi finds out the truth--that his mate was not killed by Kane, but rather by his friend, and the leader of the cougars, Nathaniel, who then framed it on Kane. They head into the woods, to the very spot where Kane is still locked deep in the earth, to settle this once and for all. In the shifter's world, that means a fight to the death. During their fight, a young girl who was camping in the area stumbles upon them after running after her puppy. In the rumble, Tabatha is injured. Her blood seeps into the soil...and begins to awaken Kane. His soul mate has finally come! Unfortunately, it is days before Kane is strong enough to dig himself out of the grave, and by then Malachi and Nathaniel have since killed one another and the girl long gone.
Upset by the loss of his mate, Kane seeks revenge on both of the shifter groups, as he does not know that he was framed all those years ago, instead thinking that he was simply betrayed by both for no reason. Sending his newly made vampires out to do the work, a string of hideous murders soon follow as he attempts to frame the shifters for them.
While Kane wrecks havoc on the city, specifically the two shifters' nightclubs, Envy, our heroine for this story, walks into the jaguar's nightclub with the intention of seeking her own revenge on an ex-boyfriend who is enjoying a night on the town (or so it seems). She never expected that she would end up spotting a sexy, very dominant man, while there... nor did she dream that she would have a one-night stand with him! Devon, one of the sons of Malachi and part owner of the nightclub, is attracted to Envy from the start...but it isn't until he takes her that night that he realizes what he has done: claimed his mate. Clueless to the paranormal world that she's stepped into, Envy leaves during the night, not knowing that this was not a one-night stand like she thinks, but rather the beginning of a very permanent relationship.
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Cathleen Brogan thought life was going well; she is married to the love of her life, Mick, they have two beautiful daughters, and while they might not live in the lap of luxury they aren't on the streets begging for food either. But when her husband suddenly gets sick, she never expected the worst to happen....Burying Mick is one of the hardest things Cathleen has ever done. Now how is she to go on with her life?
The one good thing, if you can call it that, that comes from Mick's untimely death is the reappearance of his cousin, a priest, who was more a brother to Mick than even his own brother. Father Jerry Brogan was even the man that married Cathleen and Mick all those years ago. Since that day, they've not seen him, but upon hearing the news, he leaves Italy (where he was currently stationed) to make Mick's funeral in England. His last gift to his friend and non-blood brother is to speak at his funeral.
As a priest, as well as a family member, it is understandable for him to stay around to try and help the grieving widow out. But the thoughts and feelings that Jerry has for Cathleen are anything but pure and innocent, and when she lets him know that she feels the same, he is torn over what to do. Does he honor his vows to the priesthood or allow himself the one thing he's always wanted: companionship and love?
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Night Light picks up (more or less) where book one, Moon Dance left off, as is the way the series is to be enjoyed. With so much going on, it'll be easy to get lost, but not if you follow carefully and be sure to keep in mind that many things were either explained in book one or will be explained in future books. From page one you are thrown right back into the story; be sure to fasten your seat belts because this is going to be one bumpy ride!
This novel basically covers Kat and Quinn's story, but in Blankenship's typical writing style, all the books are meant to be one big one, with the various characters showing up again and again, each time letting us find out a bit more about them. The focus of the story is not so much the romance of any one couple, or the romance in general really, but rather the paranormal world they are living in, the creatures they are fighting, and the romance plays the second string, there for a few pages and then gone again until it is needed again.
We find out in Night Light that Kat and Quinn are mates...and have been, technically, for over 10 years, though Quinn has been oblivious to the fact. One night, back when Kat was still 16, she made her first (and particularly strong) batch of Heat, the special liquor blend the shifters enjoy. Quinn came by and they started to drink. After most of the bottle, both of them were a bit tipsy, Quinn more so than Kat, and after he mated with her that night, he woke up the next morning with no memory of it and has stayed as far away from her as possible ever since.
Left with the mating mark and a missing mate, Kat has been holding it in ever since... but when she once again finds that same bottle of Heat n the pantry, she decides it's time to numb the pain. And, of course, who should come over right then but Quinn himself...
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The Eternal Ones continues with book two in the series, All You Desire. Haven and Iain are in hiding, trying to live out this lifetime they have together in peace, enjoying the deep love between them without any of the horrible interruptions they've had every time for the past 2,000 years. But though their love lasts forever, the peace will not. Soon Haven notices people watching her, following her, and she knows that once again their time may soon be up, if they aren't careful about who they trust...
When Haven is told that her best friend, and brother from a past life, is missing in New York after flying up there to meet his “soul mate”, another reincarnated soul, she is prepared to do anything to get him back safe and sound. Even if it means risking her life...and that of Iain, who is suppose to be dead as far as the rest of the world is concerned. It's a hard decision to make, but after all that Beau has helped her through over the years, she can't just forget about him and hope for the best. Needless to say she finds the quickest plane to New York, with Iain in tow; they both know the risk, yet they are determined to get in, get out (with Beau), and hopefully with Adam Rosier none the wiser. If only life was that simple....
There is so much going on in this book; every time you think you've got it figured out, Miller throws something new at you and suddenly you're not so sure anymore. I loved this, as it kept me on the edge of my seat and also made me think about what I was reading, trying to reach the next conclusion before Miller revealed it to us (though that rarely happened; she's too good). Besides being able to write an amazing mystery/suspense element into this book, Miller also excels at weaving into the story the complex emotions felt by the characters, especially Haven, Iain, and, to some degree, Adam. I may not have acted like Haven did, in fact I know that many of her actions and decisions in this book made me want to bang my head against the wall—or better yet, bang hers. But I still loved every moment of it, and in the end it all came together for a reason.
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The Conqueror's series continues with The Virgin Proxy, which carries on Georgia Fox's tradition of wickedly spicy novellas with a menage twist! However, where as book one seemed a bit more hurried and focused more on the (very heated) sex between the characters, TVP lingers more on the budding relationship and a longer storyline.
Deorwynn has lived the past 15 years of her life within the stiff confines of the convent, punished often for her defiance to authority and her sins. Now, with her father dead and her only remaining family member (an older brother) in prison, her chances of escaping the hell-hole that is her own prison are now close to nil--and the sisters are prepared to make her a nun!
Sybilia, another young woman being kept there at the convent, offers Deorwynn another option--she'll take Deorwynn with her when she leaves a few days later, traveling to her husband-to-be. Deorwynn is not fond of Sybilia, but the offer for freedom is very tempting. There is just one catch: Sybilia requires Deorwynn to be her handmaiden....oh,and to stand in as a proxy for her on her wedding night to the Norman lord. Deorwynn is a virgin, Sybilia, however, is not, and fears the wraith of her husband for not being untouched.
Upon reaching Guy's keep, Deorwynn begins to wonder what she's gotten herself into. Their first night there, she meets the lord himself while bathing--thought at the time he thinks her to be his betrothed and she thinks him to be her dream lover. After a very heated scene in the bathing room, Guy is the first to realize his mistake, though he doesn't regret it; Deorwynn is not aware of who he is until her formal introduction to him the next day before the wedding ceremony. Guy, a man who has previously been unable to stick to one woman for longer than it takes to bed her, is intrigued by this simple Saxon "pheasant". He has to have her. He makes a sudden, and unexpected decision, mere hours from his marriage to Sybilia. This decision will result in their marriage being easily broken later on, should Guy wish to tell her father what he did (only Guy and Thierry know about it). He doesn't yet realize exactly why he does this, but his trusted friend, Thierry, knows that Guy is finally starting to fall for a woman.
4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What do you4.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ What do you get when you mix wickedly sexy (fallen) angels, high-paced (and vivid) action, to-die-for romance (in bed and out!) and a very unique and interesting storyline together? One hell of a ride—and a book you won't want to put down! Pray for your soul now because after reading Avenger's Angel, you'll want to sin—with an archangel, no less!
Avenger's Angel is the first in a new series; if this book is any indication, it is going to be a favorite series of mine! I couldn't stop reading, the characters and unique storyline kept me glued to the edge of my seat .I had to know what was going to happen next, how everything was going to end—and of course I was anxious to see how Uriel and Ellie's first intimate encounter was going to go! What? It is a romance novel!
But as much as I enjoyed this tale, I was upset about one thing—the end. Why did it have to end—and why must I wait so long for Gabe's story? In regards to any book, this “problem” is a good thing; it meas the author has successfully grabbed your attention, made you want to step inside the book's world and never come out. Congratulations, Ms. Killough-Walden, you succeeded with this reader!
The descriptions in this novel are superbly done—very vivid, very lush and detailed. All the action scenes seemed to pop right out of the pages. Suddenly the characters were in front of my eyes, battling to the death, as if I was watching it rather than reading it. They were as dramatic as any movie, the scenes full of enough action to keep my heart racing till the very end!
And the romance—oh my! I never thought an archangel could be so wicked, yet still so angelic and good, at the same time! The love between Uriel and his long-lost archess was tangible, building as the story went along. And while the sexual tension ran high (almost from page one) their passionate night didn't occur until much later in the book. Despite the fact that they were destined to be mates (Ellie was literally created for Uriel), they didn't simply meet and then jump into bed—or into love. This helped to make the romance not only enjoyable, but believable. … ~*~*~ Review property of TBQ's Book Palace...more
Locked away in a convent for most of her life, Jisella knows her futures lies in whatever marriage her father arranges for her. But she hungers for passion, for lust, and most importantly for her Ever Knight, her soul mate.
Born on All Hallow's Eve, her "kind" are called Children of the Full Moon. Magical healing powers are theirs to use, regenerated once a year on that special day. They mate for eternity, finding the one soul mate that will stay with them forever, even beyond death. Jisella looks for her Ever Knight, and when a group of Norman soldiers come to the convent, she's sure she has found him.
Sneaking out of the tower they are kept in, she goes to Remy, the Norman she has set her eyes, heart, and body on. But a quick roll in the hay (literally), isn't all that she wants. She wants more--more passion like she just experienced, along with a promise from her Knight that he will take her away from this prison the next day, allowing her to avoid the upcoming marriage that has been arranged for her. Little does either one of them know at the time, but she is the one came for, the one he will be taking away tomorrow--back to his half-brother...Jisella's intended.
When morning comes, Remy wakes to find his wounds completely healed--and the seductress from All Hallow's Ever gone. As he prepares his men to ride out, with his brother's intended in tow, who should appear but Renard himself. As the two men head over to meet the mysterious bride-to-be, both men are in for a shock--Remy because he recognizes her as the same woman he just deflowered mere hours before, Renard because instead of an ugly betrothed he finds a temptation beyond all else...
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3.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ Isabel Thorne3.5 Stars. The review that follows is a partial review. To read the full text, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ Isabel Thorne life has been anything but easy. Her father's death lead to her mother's inability to deal with everyday life, leaving Isabel to take care of the household herself. With limited resources, this hasn't been easy; her father was only a mere working man, a philosopher of sorts, and though her mother was born the daughter of a lord she was cut off completely the moment she married Mr. Thorne. Isabel has come to accept that she will never have a glorious life, but if she can at least keep her younger sister, Delia, from trouble until she marries, she will be content. This is no easy task when her sister only wishes to flirt with every man she meets, but has no wish to marry yet.
It is because of her sister that Isabel gets the chance to go to London for a season. A lady of the ton asks her to come to town, with Delia, for the purpose of trying to arrange a match between her son and Delia. Isabel agrees, but doesn't realize at the time all the trouble this plan is going to be. Nor does she realize that the lady's plan all along was not for Delia to be the bride, but rather Isabel herself...
Christopher, more commonly known to the world as Vane (Lord Vanewright) is anything but tame. He is, in fact, one of the Lords of Vice, a group of young men that are said to participate in truly scandalous affairs, as well as own the Nox club, which is known for its less than honorable reputation. Like the rake he is, he has been avoiding his mother's matchmaking attempts for two years now, but can he outwit her yet again, or will he find himself leg-shackled to some young heiress by the end of the season?
When he runs into the enchanting Miss Isabel Thorne while trying to break off an affair with his current mistress (while in a seamstress, of all places!), he thinks nothing of it. Her younger sister is with her, and while many men would no doubt say that Delia is more beautiful, his eyes kept straying to Isabel instead. Little does he know that she is plotting with his mother, trying to set him up with Delia. He has no attraction to the younger Thorne sister, but Isabel is a temptation he finds himself unable to resist. Could the infamous Lord Vane finally have found the one woman who can tame his rakish soul?
Upon finding out about her connection with his mother's plans, Vane casts Isabel aside; how could she lie to him like that? He trusted her, believed she was one of the few honest women out there, and he had come to think of her not only as his friend and lover, but as, perhaps, something more permanent. After confronting his mother with the discovery, he finds out that perhaps Isabel was telling him the truth all along—or at least the truth as she knew it... It seems his mother was trying to be sneaky about all of it and only told Isabel that the matchmaking was to be between Vane and Delia, when instead she had set her eyes on Isabel for a future daughter-in-law. After the cruel way he treated her, how can he ever convince Isabel that he is the right man for her—the only man for her? By the use of some late night seduction of course!
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Lady Isabelle Tynsdale was married off at a young age, to a man much older than herself. Her wedding night was horrible—and when he suddenly came in to try and kill her during the night, she fled, running back to the safety of her uncle and her home. That is where she has been for years now; but when her uncle dies, leaving her without any family or protection, she knows she must petition for a divorce if she wants to stay safe from her husband.
During the journey she becomes separated from her guard and wanders off a bit too far. She finds herself in the wilds of Scotland, and it seems like every time she turns around something (or someone) new is coming after her. Suddenly she is saved by David, Laird Campbell, a rugged Highlander who catches her attention and makes her wish that she was someone else....
But rather than help her to get back to England, a place he despises, he decides to ransom her off to her husband and be rid of her. The only problem is, his whole heart isn't into this idea; and despite how much trouble the English lass is, there is something about her that enchants him, that makes him want to know more. Some part of him would love to be her knight in shining armor, but when he has two powerful rival clans trying to marry him off to their daughter and granddaughter, he knows that he is as free as Isabelle for such a relationship. David has a responsibility to his clan, to his family, and to his country—but he also has a responsibility to his heart. So which does he listen to?
The one thing I truly enjoyed about The Highlander's Heart was the wit and banter between David and Isabelle. It wasn't constantly there, but it would show up just when I least expected it and I'd find myself smiling like a fool for the next few pages. They were constantly throwing jabs back and forth at each other, some sarcastic, some joking, all of them just funny enough that if you caught it, you would chuckle: subtle humor, one of my favorites, especially in a book.
I liked that Isabelle was a bit of a handful, but at times I felt that she was simply being too silly, even, dare I say, stupid, by running off every time without thinking about the consequences. She simply assumed that she would be able to make it back to England with no problem, as if her simple presence would make everything turn out perfectly, rather than the reality of it: she was nothing but a bundle of bad luck, always getting herself into trouble. And often pulling others into the mess with her! She wasn't my favorite heroine ever, to be honest, but neither was she the worst. I simply would have preferred to know more about her; her character wasn't completely three-dimensional, something that I think is a requirement in a good book.
SEAL of My Dreams is an anthology full of best-selling and well known contemporary romance authors, with the theme for every story being the brave Navy SEAL man and the woman he loves. The premise for both the anthology and the individual stories is very promising. However, the execution falls a bit short and leaves the reader wanting.
Even if it wasn't for the fact that this particular anthology has so many novellas inside of it, I couldn't give you a summary or review of each one even if I wanted to. They each seemed to blend into the next one. Just as I would start to get into the story and begin to enjoy it, I'd turn the page and suddenly it is the next story. So off I began again on another SEAL related adventure and then suddenly it's time for that one to abruptly end as well. I felt as if I was in some sort of class and every 15 minutes the instructor was yelling “Switch!”, at which point one story would disappear and I'd find the new one in front of me instead.
Yes, I understand that an anthology is merely a collection of short stories. And perhaps some would say I am wrong to base part of my review on the fact that everything was too short, but I've read many novellas and anthologies—I know the difference between a short story that is done so well the reader doesn't even feel that more story is needed and one where it reads more like an excerpt than anything else. This book, unfortunately, fell under the second category. Every story was too rushed—most of them, I felt, barely even had a storyline, and the others had great potential...until it was suddenly hacked off, almost mid-sentence it would seem.
It's pretty unfortunate when most of the stories in SEAL of My Dreams were literally forgettable for me. Many of them left my mind as soon as the next novella began, leaving no impression of memory of it behind. The others were forgotten not long after I read the final page of the book. It wasn't intentional, but rather it happened from lack of substance, and therefore each one blew away before I was even done with it. Shouldn't I have been left with something by the end? A favorite story or two, a few complaints about my least favorite ones—something? I should have been, but I wasn't.
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Judith Henderson is an artist that puts her whole heart and soul into her work. And since she is an element, with a strong psychic gift connected to spirit, that means that she puts a lot more than just passion into it, and it shows. But after an unfortunate occurrence in Paris, which leads to her brother's death in Greece, she suddenly finds herself unable to contain all her dark emotions. Scared that she might hurt others with their intensity, she begins to lock them away on secret paintings that she keeps hidden in her house. She's certain that she will never again have a normal life and has resigned herself to putting on a happy face whenever she's around others, never to experience true happiness, true love, for herself... Until she meets Thomas Vincent, a sexy, if a bit shy, businessman. Suddenly she finds herself opening up to him, something she hasn't done before—and it scares her.
Stefan Prakenskii is a tough, and very lethal, warrior. As an undercover agent, trained in horrible schools in Russia, he is a ghost; he doesn't really exist and his only mission is to carry out the orders of his handlers, killing without a thought. His latest mission has taken him to Sea Haven, where his cover is that of a businessman interested in buying the local gallery. He has worked for years on this cover, and anyone would believe that he is actually Thomas Vincent. But as he begins to fall hard for Judith, he finds himself wishing that he was actually Thomas, rather than who he is: a shadow of a man with the training of a beast. But as much as he loves Judith, how can he stay with her, knowing the dangers his presence would bring to her home, to her family, to her?
Judith wishes to hide herself and her emotions away from the world, locked away so no one can see. So no one can get hurt. Stefan has been taught since a child to keep emotions out of the equation, to be nothing more than a trained shadow, there and yet never seen. But for the first time in his life, Stefan wants to act on his new found emotions, and there is only one woman he wants to do that with: Judith.
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For almost 30 years, Nora Roberts has captivated and enthralled readers with her novels, novels filled with a one-of-a-kind romance that is not only believable but relatable. With the debut of her newest trilogy, the Inn Boonsboro, THE NEXT ALWAYS follows in these same footsteps. Welcome to Boonsboro, Maryland!
Clare Brewster is a widow with three young (and charming) boys who grew up in this close knit community. After moving away at nineteen, married to her high school sweetheart Clint, it was Boonsboro that she returned to when her husband died in Iraq. Now, almost six years after her return, her bookstore is doing well, her boys are growing up fast, and she finally begins to see the looks that Beckett Montgomery gives her. Looks that she finds herself giving him back...
Beckett, along with his two brothers and his mother, are renovating the town's old inn. It's a big project, but with all the love they've invested in it to see their visions of the Inn Boonsboro returned to its former glory, they know all the hard work will soon pay off. During a brief tour of the unfinished building with Clare, sparks begin to fly. Beckett has been dreaming of Clare since high school, but has never made a move before due to the way her life turned out. But after years of fighting his desire for her, the romantic atmosphere inside the inn proves to be the spark needed to start the fire between them blazing. They almost share a kiss (which Beckett later deems “The Moment”), and the brief confusion on both of their parts after leads them to consider their feelings for one another. And so their fall into love begins, as they slowly start to see each other in a whole new light.
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This is book 10 in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. The excellent storytelling by Rachel Caine hasn't dwindled one bit. Last Breath is just as thrilling and witty as book one, and twice as captivating!
There's never a sane (or dull) day in Morganville, Texas—that's something you learn quickly once you become a citizen. But when suddenly the vampires in the small town are concerned, even frightened, by a sudden message from a neighboring vamp community, one thing is clear: trouble is coming, and it is worse than anything Morganville has seen before. And frankly, that's saying something!
In between the chaos provoked by the message, another problem is brewing, this time between the two factions of the town. Eve and Michael have plans for their future, and it begins with the sound of wedding bells. But if the citizens, from either side, have their way, it will end in blood instead. Despite the sides, they both have the same core belief: Vampires and humans should not mingle, beyond one providing a meal for the other. Even Amelie, the town Founder and ruler has taken this side, for “the sake of the town”. Needless to say, neither Eve nor Michael will accept this answer, and so the fight begins!
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Caroline Broadhurst gave up everything for the sake of her family. When she was just 15 years old, she was married off—to a wealthy mill owner who was old enough to be her grandfather. For years now she has suffered his attentions. And worse she's never once gotten pregnant from them, the one thing she's always wanted. Suddenly her husband's health begins to take a turn for the worse, and with his age he worries that soon he will no longer be around. He wants an heir to continue his business and his name. There is just one problem: though he won't admit it to anyone else, he's sterile, something he has had to accept after three young wives over a span of three or four decades and no children from any of them. Determined to have a child, even if it won't technically be of his blood, he forces Caroline to choose a man (out of the ones he has picked out) and seduce him, and to keep doing so until she finds herself pregnant.
Jack Applegate is just a lowly mill worker for Mr. Broadhurst. But from the first day that he saw Caroline, back when she was a new bride, he's dreamed of a life with her—if only he had more to offer her. With no money, no home, no real future, how could he hope to win her over, little loan support her? When an unfortunate mill accident lands him on his back with a crushed ankle, he never would have guessed that Caroline may secretly have some feelings for him too—why else would she fight with her husband to keep Jack up at the main house until he has recovered? But while he's there he notices her flirting with the many gentlemen that are staying for the hunt, and he begins to wonder if perhaps he was wrong about the type of woman she is...
When she finally tells him the truth, he offers to help her; he may be injured, but, as he clearly reminds her, it is only his leg that is not working properly anymore. He's been dreaming of this for years, and now he finally has it: Caroline in his bed. But it's nowhere near what he dreamed of. Disgusted by the act, as well as used to the pain that it has caused her over the years, she is determined to use him only for his seed. No touching, no exploring, no kissing. It should sound like every man's dream experience, but in reality it's almost enough to make a man lose his excitement. Can he show Caroline that what they are doing is not a sin, and that when it is with someone you love it can be enjoyable?
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~*~*~ Lady Rosamund Westruther grew up with a first hand look at how disastrous arranged marriages can be as her mother moved from one lover to another while her father tried, and often failed, to keep her scandals under wrap. It would then make sense, would it not, for a child raised in such circumstances to long for a love match instead; but Rosamund has is in her head that love and marriage do not go so easily hand in hand. She is prepared to enter into an arranged marriage herself, and she plans on making the best of it. Little does she know at the time that true love does indeed make a marriage better.
Griffin, Earl of Tregarth, came from a horrible family as well; he, along with his younger brother and sister, was raised by his spiteful and malicious grandfather. Rather than being shown love and affection like a child should, he was beat by his grandfather, forced to do menial tasks, blackmailed into submission, and humiliated for his size and lack of grace. Now, more than a year since his beast of a grandfather has passed on, he is still suffering from his younger years, though he won't admit it. He will do anything in his power to keep his brother and sister safe and happy, even if it means forgoing his own pride and happiness. It is because of this strong sense of protectiveness that he steps forward to marry his intended bride, Lady Rosamund, after agreeing to the original marriage more than three years ago. But he never knew that it wasn't protecting his siblings that was foremost on his mind when he made this decision, but rather the memory of the beautiful Rosamund, the only lady he has who dares to stand up to him...and the woman that fires his blood like no other.
Their match may have been arranged by the Ministry of Marriage, along with their respective guardians, years ago but this marriage is hardly one of cold convenience; the passion runs deep between the two, and nothing, not even brief arguments can put it out....
Mad About the Earl is my first foray into the work of Ms. Brooke, but I promise it will not be the last. If this book was any indication, it seems that Brooks is a very talented writer, one that is able to weave together both the sensual and romantic, as well as keep the story interesting with plenty of witty remarks, images, and some very unique and loveable characters. I found myself smiling many times throughout this book, especially while reading about Sweet William Dearlove (just trust me on this one; you'll have to read the book!). There were very few moments during the book where I was bored (and the few I am counting were very brief). While the story may not have been ripe with action and adventure, it was still pleasantly captivating. There are many secrets in this book, though we only find out the truth about a few of them—the others, it seems, will have to wait for future books in this series.
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