Ryker is the fourth book in this delightful series with the Cold Fury Hockey team. With each bThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance
Ryker is the fourth book in this delightful series with the Cold Fury Hockey team. With each book that is written I am stunned by how much I love each book and I have to say that Ryker might be one of my favorite books of the series that this author has written so far.
We are introduced to Ryker in the previous book, who has recently become a single father to his two daughters when his ex wife wanted reduced contact. Its been a year since Ryker signed on with the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Team and is in his thirities and is one of the best goalies. He knows that he has only a few years left physically to handle the sport but right now with the starting goalie recovering from an injury, Ryker has taken over as the lead goalie and he is on fire and is at the top of the league. But there is a new change in the team that has really changed things around for the whole team. Their coach and owner has given over managed to his daughter “Gray Bannon” and there is much dissension in the ranks over it. Gray has been a recruiter for the team for quite a while and brought most of the players to the Carolina Cold Fury Team, but now she is living her dream with her father’s full support. She may be a woman but she knows the sport inside and out and even played it in the olympics. She is setting a new standard for women, that they are just capable of being leader in a male dominated sport. But there is one problem….her career may be at risk when her heart falls for the head goalie Ryker Evans.
Yes…be yourself. Don’t go in that room and for one minute try to mold yourself to their expectations. I didn’t offer you this position to do the same exact job I did. I gave it to you because I want you to be better at it than I was, and you’re going to be because of who you are, not who they want you to be
Ryker has always loved the sport of hockey, and right now he is living the dream being on fire and not missing a beat. His relationship with his daughters are stronger than ever and even though he knows that there is a risk, he is starting to fall for his boss….the manager of the team. He knows that if they want to make it one of them will have to sacrifice their career. Ryker is still hurt from the actions that his ex wife did but he has moved on and is looking for something more in his life and is wanting a relationship. Gray has been so focused on her career for so long that she just doesn’t know what to do with a guy that makes her feel emotions she has never really felt. She settles for one night stands because her career and education have been more important to her. She is more than fine with the course that she has set for herself. But she does know that when she meets Ryker she wants more, she doesn’t know what that means for her future but she does know what she feels with Ryker is more encompassing that she ever imagined. But she also knows one of them will have to sacrifice for love or give up what they have for their jobs that they love…
I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy a heroine so focused on a career and not interested in relationships or family, and I admit I was on the edge with Gray as the heroine but I ended up loving her character SO MUCH. She is a bit blinded about how relationships work since she has only done one stands and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to relate with the heroine but I really did. She is driven, passionate and does have a kind heart. I love how she goes out of her way to be a support to Ryker when he needs it and to connect with his daughters and being their “friend” even though she knows nothing about kids. I admired her strong relationship with her father and how much passion she has for her job and the sport. She is very smart but she understands what drives people and I really admired her character and the growth that we see her come into. She learns about love and commitment and that she can have a career and a man to love and children if she wants them. And that nothing can hold her back but herself.
Our hero, Ryker, has some admiring qualities and strengths and I fell in love with him in many ways. He isn’t too bitter in how his wife left him and their children for a younger man. He accepted it and moved on and devoted his life to his girls and to hockey. But when gets to know Gray he knows that there is something more between them and its nothing to give up on and he wants to fight for Gray and show her what they can become. I loved the courage he has, risking his career for Gray, giving her the peace of mind that she needs until she is ready to take him full on. I loved what a loving father he is, and how devoted he is to his daughters. He has a great bond with the team and there are so many moments that Ryker really makes this book shine and glow in fundamental ways that wraps around your heart. From his ways of unifying his team, his love for his girls, and his devotion to Gray…..guaranteed to make you fall in love right away with him. I really adored his attitude, he has such a positive outlook on life as well.
The romance that comes together in this book is so precious and gave me all the feels. I honestly wanted to do a dance when finished this book, it gave me so many joyful emotions and seeing how they find a way around their careers to be together was so fabulous. Because it happens in a way I didn’t expect, and the heroine made me love her even more with her actions and how she fights for a chance to be with her man especially in how we see how much Ryker fights for Gray throughout the story. I love seeing a couple fight for each other in different ways and it happens so delightfully in this story. Their story definitely will give you those moments of sexy heat and poignant emotion that will sneak up behind you and give you a few surprises along the way.
Overall I found Ryker to be a story of sacrifice, the value of true love and finding happiness in the unlikely moments of life…..WINS THE GOAL IN SPORTS ROMANCE!!
I have seen this duo of a series all over the romance community and I just knew that I neededThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance
I have seen this duo of a series all over the romance community and I just knew that I needed to pick these books up especially since I keep hearing so many great things about these books and the way that this author writes a good romance. And the heroes are BRITISH….I mean do you really need anything better than that? Because yummy and so I saw this book on the romance package at Audible, so I snatched it right up. This story is in dual POV, so we have dual narrators for this book and I really loved both of them especially since the male narrator has the sexiest British accent, he is delicious to listen to.
Our story begins with our heroine when she was in high school and thought that she was in love. She grew up poor, in a trailer park, and had nothing except a good brain and a pretty face. But then the most popular boy in school wanted her and she thought that she was in love. And then on the night of prom, he got her drunk and drugged her and she woke up with faded memories of the man she thought she loved having abused and raped her. But he is a senator’s son and knew she didn’t want to face the ridicule of what everyone would think if they knew the truth. But it didn’t matter because that small town viewed her as the town’s slut even though she had been a virgin on that night.
So now she is in college and working on her degree and trying to forget what happened two years previous and having one night stands proves that he didn’t ruin her for sex and also that it helps keep the bad memories at bay so she can function until one night when she goes to a frat party...her first college part with her two best friends and meets up with two twin British brothers...brothers that are very different even if they look alike. But she is drawn to Declan, who is packed with muscle and has tattoos and has an intense gaze that she is compelled by. But she has some serious issues because Declan isn’t a guy that does one night stands and puts his whole heart into a relationship. But she has demons that she needs to face before she can have a relationship with Declan.
Love is a knife that cuts out your heart by piece; feeding it to the boy you love.
Dirty English is my first book from this author and I was so intrigued here, and I admit that I will fell in love with this story. It isn't a perfect book or anything, but one of the best new adult romances I have read in quite a long while. There is drama, but its drama that makes sense even if I felt like I was watching a soap opera at times. There is some drama between these two, but more out of the heroine's lack of trust and honesty with Declan more than anything else. Declan is such a solid hero and I have hardly any complaints about him except that he could have had a bit more patience with Elizabeth because of her past and the trauma she had to deal with and that it would cause her serious commitment issues. But I also understood why Declan couldn't keep be so understanding when Elizabeth kept pushing him away and never giving him a chance to prove to her that he isn't like her ex. But everything does get resolved in the end quite nicely and I ended up with plenty of good feels that I would expect from a story with some drama like this in it.
Another element that I found somewhat delightful was the use of Pride and Prejudice in this book. Now I wouldn't say that this story is a Pride and Prejudice retelling because it didn't feel like that to me at all. However our heroine's name is Elizabeth Bennett, both hero and heroine LOVE the book and take an English Lit class together which focuses on the story of Pride and Prejudice. So there is a few fun takes on this story that we see that I found to be a charming element to the story.
Dirty English was a great success for this reader and I am looking forward to picking up more books from this delightful author who has curled my toes with Dirty English.
Roxie Callahan can’t believe that she lost her job over “butter” of all things and lost all of her clients in LA, because of one client who scrSummary
Roxie Callahan can’t believe that she lost her job over “butter” of all things and lost all of her clients in LA, because of one client who screwed her over with all of her other clients. Now she is out of a job, and even though her mother needs her home, the last thing that Roxie wants to do is come back to that small town. But without a job, and living in California she knows that she will have to do it. So she reluctantly agrees to stay for the summer to take over her mother’s diner. And she literally bumps in a sexy farmer with the most brilliant green eyes she has ever seen before. As Roxie keeps bumping and stumbling over farmer Leo, chemistry is fiery hot. Their fling is only for the summer they both say, but very quickly what was a summer fling turns into something more, but will secrets and misunderstandings be what keeps them apart or bring them together? The Hero
Leo, is a organic farmer and for years has been cultivating the land. But Leo wasn’t always a farmer. He was raised in a entitled family in Manhattan, he could have had everything he ever wanted, but he was betrayed and even though he gained something important to him, he wanted out of that city life and decided to build something important on his family’s land that had been run down at the time. Leo is one sexy farmer. He is kind and sweet with kids, he makes time for everyone no matter how busy he gets. Leo is one of those characters that is a keeper and has such a nice personality. I don’t get to read nice heroes like this and I love him. He enjoys life to the fullest and you have to admire that nothing gets him down for long. The Heroine
Roxie Callahan, may have grown up in Hudson Valley, but she got out as soon as she possibly could. She was terribly shy and when she graduated she wanted to be confident and make something out of herself. So she got herself in one of the top culinary schools and became a professional chef. Roxie has never had a serious relationship, she has stuck with one night stands. After seeing her mother go through too many boyfriends and call it “love” Roxie knew that life could never be for her. Roxie is quirky, clumsy, talented at cooking, and gets tongue tied around handsome farmers with green eyes. And I loved her character so very much. She is who she is and not ashamed of it. I like that she goes full speed ahead on many things. Plot and Story Line
I had NO idea what to expect from Nuts to be honest. But ever since I first read Clayton a few weeks ago, I have been itching to try her out again and boy Nuts won me over pretty quickly. Now I will admit, the beginning was a bit slow with all the cooking and fancy details that we get thrown at. But it was cute and funny and quickly won me over the moment that our heroine enters her hometown and she meets her farmer. Now these two were simply hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing at so many fun antics especially their first few meetings. The romance starts as a summer fling, just wanting to enjoy each other for a short time but there is definitely something going on more than just sex here.
He kissed me hot…And he kissed me wet. And he kissed me . . . slow. Agonizingly, maddeningly, painfully slow.
I loved kissing. I also loved what it usually led to, but I was especially loving this part with Leo. The beginning, when everything is new and exciting, and everything in the entire world boils down to sweet feathering lips and quiet sighs. When the stars fade and the earth ceases to turn, its axis forgotten in the wake of things like: which way will you lean and which way will my neck naturally turn, and is it possible that I can actually detect your fingerprints, because my skin seems so alive right now and my nose just brushed yours and the tiny groan that just rumbled from deep in your chest is the most erotic sound imaginable
But boy Clayton really packs a punch with all the feels here. We get a great introduction into this charming farming valley and townfolk. And I love the gossip mills that go around here. This is a story that will captive you from the beginning, I love the humor, fun and silly moments, the chemistry that sizzles and plenty of change and growth to go around. Definitely gotta try out the next book. And another great plus to this story is how informative it is in getting the reader familiar with “farmer markets”, you definitely learn quite a bit about farming and I always love learning new things. The Cover
LOVE the cover we have here, and the lettering is done very dynamically. Much love here. Overall View
Nuts is a quaint and warm romance that will stun you and keep you from putting it down. Plenty of silly times, mouthwatering smexy scenes and a love story to steal your heart!! A story you don’t want to miss out on. Get ready to laugh your socks off!! TANTALIZING...more
In Forever With You, we have a unique story that I wasn't expecting. So my review is going tThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance
In Forever With You, we have a unique story that I wasn't expecting. So my review is going to be slightly shorter and be a bit different so I don't give any spoilers away of the ending!! so *crossing my fingers*. In this story we have two people, that are just looking for a one night stand...nothing complicated or involved just reacting on the chemistry they feel for each other. Stephanie has recently moved into town, and started a new job. She isn't looking for anything serious. But when she steps into Mona's...her life changes. After sharing a passionate night together, Stephanie wasn't sure where they stood. She was fine with it being just a one night stand. But then they become friends but some shocking news happens---she finds herself pregnant even though they used protection but their luck wasn't good for them that night. Stephanie and Nick begin anew with each other, and act on what their hearts tell them.
Now Forever With You was a shocker for me----an accidental pregnancy...not the normal for a contemporary. I think its been a long long while since I have read one of these set ups. And this author did a fantastic job with it. Now some of you may be a little nervous about the whole accidental baby theme but I really liked it. I did like how it shows that even when you are careful when having sex, mistakes happens and its not 100% guaranteed. And these two go through a shock of their lives. But having this change of circumstances is what brings them closer. And man I loved seeing these two grow together and become excited to be parents all the while slowly falling in love with each other. The only issue I had with this book, was the heroine. Toward the end, she makes mistakes and I had a hard time understanding her reasoning for what she does. However, this story gave me some laughs and evoked some teary eyed sessions. Definitely, a great addition to the series and I can't wait for Brock's story later this year!! :)
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Harrison Thornwick, never imagined that he would lose his brother and his familyThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Harrison Thornwick, never imagined that he would lose his brother and his family to a disease and the family manor practically burned down to the ground. Harrison hasn't had to live a life of responsibility to now. So he sets aside his gambling, drinking and carousing to do what needs to be done. But while in the process of rebuilding, the prince gives him an ultimatuum marry the woman he has in mind or be tossed in prison for a duel he had no choice but to participate in. Miss Angelina Rule, is a true lady, but also has other interests. She is shocked to learn that her father, has huge gambling debts and in order to keep him from debtor's prison and having herself and her grandmother tossed in the street, she must marry the Earl of Thornwick even though her heart is set on another. Harrison knows that he will have to be persistent, patient and understanding when winning over the lovely Angelina. He knows she is set on another man, but he is determined to prove to her of his genuine feelings for her. The Hero Harrison Thornwick has lost his whole family though various circumstances. He never thought he would become the earl when he was the fourth son. Harrison admits that he spends too much time with the pleasures that the city has to offer and not enough spending time with his family. He lost the woman he loved when she loved another man...his brother. And now that they have died, three months later he is still struggling with his grief and rebuilding the family manor. And just to add more weight upon his shoulders, he has no choice but to marry and he doesn't even get to choose his own bride. But when Harrison meets Angelina he is spellbound by her. She is fascinating, beautiful and everything he could ever want in a bride. I truly adored Harrison, he comes off as a bad boy at times but he is so much more than that. He has some hidden depths and it was quite revealing to see them come out. He is a man that likes his own way in things, he isn't afraid of some competition but is still honorable.
Though I'm seldom a gentleman, I do on few occasions decide to be one. I wanted to let you know I can be a gentleman. I can, at times, follow the rules and do the right thing, but it is never as easy, enticing or satisfying as doing what's forbidden
The Heroine Angelina is a heroine I just gravitated to instantly....honestly I think I could have been friends with her in another life. She lost her mom when she was younger and has been taught by her grandmother the social graces to get her ready for her first season. Her father she loves, and will do anything to help him. The past three years she has been in love with a military officer. Angelina loves to paint and help out stray dogs. I love her kind heart and the ways she goes about to help her father and she does get a bit creative in helping him with his debts so that she can marry the man she wants. I did enjoy her quite a bit, and even though she was a bit naive on occasion I did feel that she was realistic. Plot and Story Line The Earl Claims a Bride is a book I have had on my reader for over a year now and I still can't believe I waited so long to read this one. But whew am I glad that I picked this one up especially since its my first book from this author. First off I want to point out that this book can be read as a stand alone. The series is based on three friends from Eton and their own stories. So its loosely connected but not too much though although, I am intrigued by the two friends and I can't wait to get my hands on the other two books.
Now this book sets off with seeing our hero get the horrible news from his family following a duel he didn't even want to participate in. What I noticed first off from him, though, was how honorable he is. He doesn't let anger or frustration get the better of him. The author here really pulled me in quite quickly with this book. Then we get to our heroine and seeing her save another stray that is a puppy and been injured. We see her kind nature from the beginning and I loved her personality. We do get a little mix of the love triangle trope. Now first off we know who is the obvious man she will eventually pick but we have an added complication---an injured officer of the military who pursues her at the same time. Now his situation really melted my heart, because he lost his eye and has some scarring and she is the only one that sees him beneath the injury. He is full of anger though because of what has happened to him. But Angelina handles him so well. We see that she has great chemistry with Harrison and doesn't have the same feelings that she used to have and realizes the difference between love and an infatuation. Amelia Grey really handled this aspect of the story very well. The only issue I had with the story was the actual romance between Harrison and Angelina. I didn't feel as involved as I wanted to, it felt a bit off balanced in moments. However, I did enjoy this story quite a bit: sweet and fun and definitely want to pick up the other books. The Cover What a cover....I just love everything about it. I love the pose here, its different from the norm you usually see in HR. I like the sitting down set, and I love the tone of colors. And her dress is so gorgeous....the cover is sexy yet tender too. Overall View The Earl Claims A Bride is a sweet love story that engages the reader and pulls them into a ride of charm and sensuality.
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceSummary Connor McClain, knows that he wants and he wants Faith Garret. But Faith is a sThis review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceSummary Connor McClain, knows that he wants and he wants Faith Garret. But Faith is a skittish as a newborn colt around him and he knows that he will have to treat the situation very delicately. He slowly pursues her and he knows that something made her scared and nervous and not willing to pursue any type of commitment. At first, all Connor and Faith have is explosive chemistry and whenever they are near each other they wish to explore it. But Faith and Connor both have painful pasts, and they have different goals. But with the holidays closing in on them, Connor is a never ending determined and patient man to win Faith's trust. And Faith, has her doubts that anything real can come between an affair with Connor. But the connection between them is powerful, and Faith learns a lesson that will change her life and that of Connors....for the better! The Hero Connor McClain, spent four painful and harrowing years fighting in Afghanistan for his country. He craves the quiet life that he finds in Evergreen Cove. He only wants to find peace for himself and that of his best friend who saved his life. Connor can't deny what he feels for Faith. Connor is a character that will charm and delight you. Even though he has some inner demons from the horrors he saw in Afghanistan, we see such a fun side to him. He is the type of bad boy you just learn to love in the beginning. He has such charm and quite stubborn (which he needs to go after Faith). I enjoyed his tenacity and his closeness with his family. The Heroine Faith has never known the type of closeness or family ties that Connor has. Her mother, who raised her, wasn't the best of examples and only left Faith feeling empty and craving affection and love even more. She thought she had found everything in her ex, until he cheated on her and she closed herself off from anything with complete commitment. She fears the future at times, because she doesn't want to become like her mother. Faith isn't as hard as she wants to be. She has her own type of vulnerabilities and I liked that. She was far from perfect, made plenty of mistakes, but despite her uprbringing had a kind and warm heart. Plot and Story Line A Bad Boy For Christmas was such cute and adorable read, its definitely perfect to curl up by the fire with a steaming cup of tea. This pair really puts you in the ringer at times with a full array of emotions, I almost felt like a ping pong ball at times. But typical of Jessica Lemmon, you just fall in love pretty quickly with the characters. From the start, I was giggling and having a blast with these two. They have some great chemistry, and I they are pretty easy going with each other. I love the way they tease and flirt and play with each other. These two go through some hurdles, and some emotional set backs. But we also see the closeness and the intimacy that they learn together. Connor's family just loves Faith immediately, and boy they are a fun group of people they are. They can be meddlesome but in a very loving way. We see how they grow with each other over the holidays from after Halloween all the way to New Years. This pair can make you laugh and make you growl in frustration and cry in moments you don't expect. Lemmon creates the perfect balance of alpha male bad boy and sweet and sensitive moments.
You can lean on me. I won't ever leave you alone. You can spend the rest of your life laughing and crying with me, and I will do my damnedest to make every minute with you from here on out just like our first Christmas together
The Cover oh I love this cover...totally bad boy image here with the snowy backdrop. I like the scuff on his face. Overall View A Bad Boy For Christmas is a tasty holiday treat that will warm your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. Click To Buy On Amazon [foogallery id="25206"]
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Hannah Dounrey, is only interested in helping with her family and their land andThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Hannah Dounrey, is only interested in helping with her family and their land and the upkeep. She wants to save herself for love and genuine affection in a marriage, and doesn't want to settle for any marriage of convenience. But when she spies a mysterious Highlander, who following the games saves her from being raped, she is intrigued by this brooding silent kilted warrior. Alexander Lochlannach, who is the Laird of Dunnet, has vey little time to pick a bride. Currently, the highlands and the clans are in battle with each other, for land. The land Hannah's family hold is precious and he needs it but he also has more than just land to want to marry this captivating beauty, who he can't stop thinking about. Hannah agrees to their marriage, but soon upon arriving on Dunnet land, she becomes uneasy because Alexander is hiding something from her. He sends her only letters, hardly ever speaking, and keeping to his study most of the time. But when Hannah learns the truth of Alexander, love blossoms between them. The Hero Alexander, is a fierce warrior and isn't afraid to show it, however he has more than one challenge that keeps him from being as social as he normally would have liked. Alexander is the oldest of the brothers, when their father died and they were put in his uncle's care, Alexander had to sacrifice himself to save his brother. Doing so, Alexander had to endure beatings of the worst sort and still suffers from the ghosts of the past. He struggles with talking and stuttering and is ashamed of it. Now I truly was endeared by Alexander. At first I wasn't sure about him, he had this mysterious aura that intrigues you in the first few chapters but as you progress through the story you only want to get to the heart and core of this hero who ties you up in knots. I truly couldn't get enough of Alexander, because he is a tortured hero who is quite compelling. The Heroine Hannah has never thought of herself like her sisters. She believes herself to be plain and ordinary and a bookworm. She is an educated woman that turns many men away. So when she finds a man she is intrigued by who seeks marriage, she says yes. She is intrigued by Alexander. Hannah isn't shy, however, on showing what she needs and wants. She can be vocal when she needs to be. At the beginning of the book, she tended to leap to conclusions, and I really enjoyed seeing how she reacts to Alexander's struggles. She definitely becomes a heroine you can love. I love her compassionate nature that is joined with being intellectual and independent. I did like how she had her own vulnerabilities. Plot and Story Line Hannah and the Highlander was a delightful surprise for me!! I honestly couldn't put this book down once I had started it up. The first chapter really pulls the reader in, and to be frank you don't see it coming until it happens and then you just want to see what happens between these two. They have some powerful chemistry, and their first kiss is definitely swoon worthy to make any reader melt. What I liked about the beginning set up of the story was seeing the mystery and intrigue you find in the characters and I just wanted more. As I settled into this story, I became even more intrigued with the setting that Sabrina York places in it. This is set in the 1800's in Scotland, so we see the severe consequences of the "clearances" and York did a brilliant job with the historical aspects of this event in Scottish history. I knew about the clearances through the history books and other HR authors however York has done the best job in making these horrid truths come to life!! But I did feel that she balanced it out very well with the love story that takes place at the same time. We also get some fun interaction with Hannah's sister Lana (who is awesome) and Alexander's brother and another side character that brings out some various reactions in this reader: Lachlan Sinclair. The actual romance that we see happen between Alexander and Hannah is quite well written and just melted whenever these two were around each other. I loved the growth of their relationship and the challenges they face together.
“It was a harsh reminder that one never knew the true depths of another soul. A caution against passing judgment over another.”
I did like the twist that once they were honest with each other, then they fought side by side to stay together and keep their way of life and the people under their care safe from others who would destroy everything they have fought for. The Cover I can't get enough of this cover...its one of my personal favorites!! The setting is so romantic, with the sunset in the background and I love the bright colors here and what a sexy pose. Overall View Hannah and the Highlander is a vividly portrayed romance that had me tied up in knots with bright emotion, accurately portrayal of historical events and a love story to captivate your heart!! AWE INSPIRING!
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceWelcome to Sourcebooks Casablanca exclusive Tour which includes a special excerpt and a giveawThis review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceWelcome to Sourcebooks Casablanca exclusive Tour which includes a special excerpt and a giveaway. Now this giveaway is offering of a hard copy of the first book in the series: Just in Time For A Highlander. As long as you leave a comment with your email, you will be entered into the giveaway. Then the winner will receive a email and be mailed the copy right away. The one stipulation from the publisher is you need to be a U.S. Resident. So what do you have to lose right?
First Time With A Highlander is the second book in this series, and this is also my first time reading this author and for the most part I really liked this one. I tend to be a bit picky on time travel themed romances, but I really loved the setting for this one. The story is quite entertaining and the characters are what make it so fun for the reader. We have a hero, that works in marketing and advertising. Our heroine is a Scottish lass looking to get her property and cargo back from her ex fiancee. And through a series of unfortunate decisions, Gerard is brought to the 1700's. Gerard though, he was fun and quite a lovely hero. He takes everything in stride, even going back in time doesn't seem to alter him much. What was most fun about this book, is the ways he goes about helping others in the town with their businesses. It shows how much he loves what he does and he loves helping people along the way too.
Our heroine is a bit of a mischief maker, she can be a bit spirited and proud. She isn't shy about anything. I loved the way these two come together, because its so unexpected for both of them but they just click from the beginning they have spark. This was a lovely romance and I really enjoyed the tone of the story. I did have trouble with the flow of it. I had a difficult time keeping my focus on the story, and my mind kept wandering. I don't know if that was just me or the writing itself. But for the most part I really had a ball of fun and giggles with this one. I am interested in trying out some of her other titles. I definitely want to try out the first book, especially since the main couple from that story, play a role in this book. So I am definitely wanting to read their story after seeing them in action and involved in this book so much. This is a story that is packed with adventure, magic and mystery.
My poor heroine. Writers love to put their characters in uncomfortable situations. This scene takes place near the beginning of the book, immediately after Serafina, the down-on-her-heels eighteenth-century owner of a small shipping concern, and Gerard, a twenty-first century ad man playboy, have awakened to find themselves in bed together, much to their mutual surprise. Serafina is not quite as surprised as Gerard, given that she knows she, er, borrowed some magic herbs from her spell-casting friend to summon a man to help her regain her fortune, but she doesn’t clearly remember all that has happened between them, especially the ring she’s found on her finger, and she must explain how she happened to have a naked man coming out of her room to Duncan, the hero of the first book in the Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series, Just in Time for a Highlander, who has become a de facto older brother to her.
Nearly deafened by the blood roaring in her ears, Serafina stilled the hand in her pocket and fought to remain calm.
“What is it?” Duncan eyed her suspiciously.
“I bit my tongue.”
He cocked his head farther.
“It’s fine now.”
The other man had seen something, though what, she wasn’t sure. He looked at her as if she were a Highland ox whose horns had sprouted thistles. All she remembered clearly about the night before was that he had appeared to her sometime after she’d first sipped the adulterated whiskey, though he’d been no more than a shade, his translucent image waxing and waning like mist on a loch. Wide jaw, the shoulders of a smith, hair as gold as a wagtail’s breast—the man was no trouble on the eyes. The more she drank, the clearer his image had become—though the foggier her apprehension of it—until at last she’d slipped into a thick, hibernating sleep, like a child after a summer fair, floating through hazy, happy dreams filled with random glints of remembered pleasure.
But the waking glints, beginning to arrive with increased regularity, were stirring an emotion closer to concern than pleasure. The man’s hand, running lightly down her back. A hurried run down a dark dock. Tugging the waist of a man’s breeks—beautiful wool breeks, whose rich, gray fabric caressed her fingers, as soft as the fur of a baby rabbit.
She couldn’t stop herself. Her eyes flew to the man’s breeks. Oh, God! Gray wool!
When she looked up, he was looking right at her. Her cheeks exploded in flames.
How could any of this have happened without her remembering it? The answer, she told herself, is because it didn’t.
But the ring…
She wriggled her fingers in her pocket, desperately hoping the solid, immutable gold was gone. But it wasn’t.
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary In a moment of rashness, Sophie Talbot, was reaching out to protect her sister aThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary In a moment of rashness, Sophie Talbot, was reaching out to protect her sister and pushed her brother in law into a pond in front of the ton. She knew she couldn't stay in London any longer, so in order to see that her family could stay in London and enjoy the pleasures of the city, she escaped on the back of a carriage of the Marquess of Everlay. Dressed as a boy, King recongnizes who she is immediately, and calls her out on it and blames her for the loss of his servant who she convinced to work for her father. She is determined to escape to the country, to a small village where she grew up and marry a baker she played with as a child. But while on the journey, she is forced to partner with King whom she despises as a rake of the highest order. But while they journey up north they will face some danger and a desire they don't see coming. Plot and Story Line I honestly want to say that I loved this book, but I can not say that. The first half of the story was a bit hard to really get into. The plot was great, the characters were superb but the flow of the story was uneven and didn't feel right. This has happened with this author on occassion which is odd considering her first few books were AMAZING!! So it breaks my heart, wanting to fully enjoy a story and can't get fully engaged even when I want to be. But once we reached about half way, is when the story started to change for me. Then it got really great, and I loved the evolvement of the plot here. It gets pretty full of action and sensual delights. The chemistry between these two is explosive. They don't like each other too much but yet are fascinated with one another. I wasn't a huge fan of the hero, I liked him but didn't really love him that much at least not till the very end. Then I was won over in two pages--yeah I was impressed. I am curious about the second book though, I loved Warnick he was so amusing. The Cover Beautiful cover, its not very common to see a navy blue on a cover like this, and the stepback is so pretty....I love the settee and the pose. Overall View The Rogue Not Taken is a delightful and humorous romance I found entertaining.
So I liked this more than I thought I would. It was very different from what I was expecting, and even though the ending wasn't exactly what I was looSo I liked this more than I thought I would. It was very different from what I was expecting, and even though the ending wasn't exactly what I was looking for, it wasn't a bad cliffhanger...there is one, but you see that there will definitely be more for these two. Another aspect I liked, was seeing how various people react to rape differently. That it affects your mind in ways you don't like but have to find a way to accept it in your life. We see some revealing truths especially for the heroine and she faces certain facets of herself she has kept away hidden until the hero (Jonas) comes onto the scene. This is definitely a erotic romance, but what shocked me was the level of emotion that was displayed (definitely not used to see that in erotic romance), I was drawn into this story, and even though this is not my type of story I like, it had certain qualities that kept me drawn into it. I am really excited for the sequel "Begging For It" and I hope we see these two find a balance in their relationship. ...more
Bella and the Beast is part of a sweet and fun fairy tale retelling seriThis review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance
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Bella and the Beast is part of a sweet and fun fairy tale retelling series "Cinderella Sisterhood" and I have enjoyed (for the most part ) each installment in the series. These books aren't going to work for everyone, but they REALLY work for me. There is just something about these books and the couples I have read so far that I am totally on board with. This book features the retelling (which is pretty obvious) Beauty and the Beast and adds in a twist of a mystery, Boss and Employee trope/and a bit of Enemies to Lovers with some sexy sensuality, a grumpy hero, a fun heroine and a treasure to find.
Clarissa, is our fairy godmother of the series, and when she hears word of a certain young lady returning to England, her matchmaking mind goes at warp speed and starts to make her plans.
Isabella (Bella) grew up traveling along with her father and her twin siblings. Her mother died when she was young, but now her father has just passed away with his last words being "Find Aylwin and the Pharoahs Treasure". So she goes back to England, to the only home that she and her siblings have....a small cottage and goes out in search for a job. But with her middle eastern clothing, she is having a hard time being accepted anyone. But when she comes home, she sees a stranger in her home, drinking tea with her siblings who isn't fazed by their eccentrics. She claims she can help her find a job, if she wears certain "slippers" and seek out the job as Aylwin's assistant.
Miles Grayson, is busy studying his artifacts and doesn't like to be bothered by anyone, most especially a young lady that may be beautiful, but she is entering his private domain, where he wants to be left alone, only to be somehow convinced to take her on as his assistant in cataloguing the artifacts. And what is worse is that she is the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father in Egypt.
Miles and Bella have a history of when they were children, and their fathers worked together and Miles might have found the six year old girl annoying at times to a thirteen old boy, but he saved her life. As Bella starts to work with the artifacts and slowly gets to know Miles, she start to remember flashes of her life with her father in Egypt, and most especially her interaction with Miles. But Bella has a job to do, to find the treasure that will keep her siblings fed with a roof over their heads. But when she goes in search for clues in his "forbidden" wing he comes upon her and his words come back to her and she knows she is in trouble but she is also thrilled by his touch and his kiss. But there is a problem, no matter how hot their chemistry, or how emotions are starting to get in the way of their professional relationship, Bella doesn't believe she is good for a Duke. She may have Aristocracy blood running through her veins, but she has lived out of England most of her life and wouldn't know the first thing about being a duchess. But right when she begins to feel like she is finding a place, her life is threatened and by someone she would never expect because searching for a lost treasure has its consequences...
Bella and the Beast was such a whirlwind of a romance and I really enjoyed this book SO much and I am relieved that I finally grabbed it up because it was REALLY good. I loved the group of themes we have introduced and these characters were delightful. I did find the hero slightly darker than the other books that I have read from Drake, but considering he is the big bad beast of a man, it is to be expected. The dynamics of these characters are "opposites attract" and holds so true for Miles and Bella. Miles is a grouch, grumpy, rough around the edges, impatient and likes his solitude. Bella is happy and cheerful, nothing gets her down, she is responsible but also spirited and quick witted. She keeps Miles on his toes and is definitely a "glass half full" type of gal. She even has a tattoo...which was so cool. You rarely see that in historical romance. We get some fun moments with Bella's siblings, and boy I loved these twins. They were so funny and totally fit the bill for teenagers just wanting to spread their wings. At we get some great moments with Bella and Miles cousin and his wife (who are horrible) but Bella totally puts them in their place and I LOVED that. Seeing this heroine be so quick witted and defending Miles was pure delight.
Bella darling, I want you so very much. You're a fever in my blood.
I really liked how this story played out in the end, and boy the romance was really great too. I adored the way their chemistry builds between them and man this book got me so hot and bothered at times without even meaning to. The hero is very dark and sensual and yeah his whole " you dare come to my wing which is forbidden, I will taste you" got shivers up and down my spine but in a good way. I did find the sexy times to be really sensual and a bit more steamier than I was expecting from this author, but I really enjoyed the writing style in bring the powerful chemistry to the pages. There aren't many sexy moments, but the ones that are in the book are very well written.
The treasure can remain hidden....as long as I have you
Overall I found Bella and the Beast to be a KEEPER....this story had me on my toes, it kept me interested, the romance was sexy and the plot was killer and plus you get to solve a mystery....can you get it right? A PURE DELIGHT IN REAWAKENING A FAIRY TALE!!