As the 5th book in the series A Taste of Seduction could have gone either way.. a series gone too long or just the perfect build up to the end. Guess which way I think Bronwen went? Yep, she nailed it.
Discovering Bronwen Evans is truly one of my greatest joys. Bronwen has written about the best of characters, The Disgraced Lords.. A Group of friends, calling themselves The Libertine Scholars. Men who actually learned while at school. But they find themselves paying for the sins of the father and each of them has struggled to remove himself from disgrace. But in the end, he triumphs and more than that he finds true love.
Lord Hadley Fullerton has been the voice of reason in the past books. The true friend, the honorable man. We just like him. Of course none of us knew about his secret past, his family (except that his father was a sleaze - to put it nicely) or any part of his life that didn't include the Libertine Scholars. But that is about to change. It seems Hadley has loved and lost. The love of his life left him at the last moment and married for title and wealth. For five years he has suffered a silent heartbreak. Now on the eve of his proposing to another woman, she's back and it turns out not everything was as he thought.
Lady Evangeline Stuart loved Hadley Fullerton even though he was the second son, even though she should marry for money to help her family. She was ready to escape with him when she found herself waking up in another man's bed, as another man's wife. For years she suffered but his death makes her a widow and free to seek answers. And instead of apologizing as Hadley believes she should, she's confronting him. Why did he never rescue her?
There is so much grief here. Both Hadley and Evangeline suffered and when they think maybe, just maybe they stand a chance someone wants to ruin it. Someone other than their mysterious enemy. Hadley is put in an untenable situation forced to chose between family and love. Death or despair? Either way it could ruin his second chance.
And not all of Evangeline's secrets have been exposed. Will Hadley be able to face the past and realize that it must be let go in order to have a future? Will love be enough?
And if all of this was not enough? They still have an enemy set to destroy them.
A plot line like this risky. This book was filled with plots and plans, struggles and strategies it could have run over itself in it's complexity. Instead Bronwen ties it all together masterfully. We get to interact with characters from previous books, we meet some new characters and we fall in love with Hadley and Evangeline. I only wish I had this kind of talent.
This series is a rare find and A Taste of Seduction is absolutely divine!
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Elisabeth Naughton has been one of my favorite authors ever since I picked up my first Eternal Guardians Book. HeOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Elisabeth Naughton has been one of my favorite authors ever since I picked up my first Eternal Guardians Book. Her talent was fun and unique but I didn't fall totally into the abyss of all consuming fangirldom until I read Wait for Me.. There was something just special about that book. But each book I have read since has been well worth the read. But Repressed? Yeah that book should seriously be titled Obsessed.. not because the characters were obsessed but because I was! This has become my FAVORITE Elisabeth Naughton Book yet! Freakin Amazing!
What Elisabeth does with Repressed is nothing short of wonderful! Twisted logic and yes repressed memories, a love that overcomes so very much and a life lived with broken trust and shattered dreams.
Samantha Parker was ten when she saw her beloved older brother die and had to testify to who murdered him. Her life was forever altered. Her parents divorced, she was really unable to have any sort of relationship and the nightmares plague her even now. So why would she ever go back to Hidden Falls? The place where her life ended? Simple, her mother was dying, then died and now she needs to just get things packed up and sold and she can eventually move on. Only that takes time and someone wants her to leave now. Vandalism, threats and weird occurrences keep happening. But Sam just keeps going forward, she has a job and a student she is determined to keep out of the hands of the "evil" shrink. I mean if anyone knows shrinks and how much damage they can do, it's Samantha. Only there is so much more to Dr. Ethan McClane.
When he was thirteen, Dr. Ethan McClane's life changed, a troubled child bounced from foster home to foster home, he was finally convicted of murdering someone and sentenced to a serious juvenile facility. And that's where miracles happened. He was found, adopted and totally saved. Able to turn his life around and actually become a therapist that could possible help children in need. When he's asked to help a child in Hidden Falls, Ethan isn't sure he can do it. Return to the place where everything changed. But he has to. What he discovers is a troubled teen who may or not be guilty of stalking his teacher, and a woman who he is willing to give his life for. What he doesn't know is exactly who she is...
This could have been obvious, this could have been trite what it was was magnificent. There were no obvious choices. A Classic whodunit twisted into a deadly love story. Innocent or guilty? Friend or Foe? Who can Samantha Trust and who should she run from?
The chemistry between the characters leap off the page. Connections upon connections, even I had troubles guessing how to connect the dots. This was a book worth reading! It's the first one in Ms. Naughton's new Deadly Secrets Series and I suggest you get in on the ground floor because this one is going to be brilliant!
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Welcome to the sensual delights of Ms. Ashlyn MacNamara! As you can tell by her covers, Ms. MacNamara sizzles! Her historical romances are always both sensual and sexy! To Lure a Proper Lady, Book one in her brand new series, The Duke-Defying Daugthers, is no different!
But it's not all sex and sizzle, there is wonderful character development, great storylines and fun secondary characters, yep, something worth reading.
Lady Elizabeth Wilde is constantly being called to her father's "death bed" the man is a manipulator to the extreme. But this time, when called, Lizzie realizes that he really might be dying.. It seems someone is out to poison him. Not knowing who to trust Lizzie hires a Bow Street Runner and is assigned Dysert. A man she has no idea how to handle. Rough, tough and more than a little crude. Dysert is just the man for the job and believe it or not, Lizzie's heart.
Dysert hasn't led the perfect life but he's a man with his own code and he lives by it. Falling in love with a client isn't part of the code, falling in love with an aristocrat? Yeah no way.. And yet, when Dysert and Lizzie meet, sparks fly and love flourishes. What is it about this daughter of the aristocracy that calls to him?
Just wonderful, this is what we at BR call a swoonworthy book. Ms. MacNamara engages the reader almost from the get go and I for one couldn't wait to see what was coming next. Greed, corruption, class struggles all turn up in this fabulous book.
A great way to spend your time!
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Welcome to the next fun, filled family of Bliss County! Once again Linda Lael Miller brings her unique blend of WOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Welcome to the next fun, filled family of Bliss County! Once again Linda Lael Miller brings her unique blend of Western and Romance to life.
In Once a Rancher we are introduced to the Carson Family, a widowed mother, three grown sons and their interesting assortment of friends, family and employees. First off we have Slater Carson.
Slater Carson, single father, big brother, movie producer(more like documentary but big time). He's devoted to his family and the life they have. Loves the town he grew up in and enjoy a career most people would die for. He's pretty much the catch of Bliss County not that he's looking. Of course that's supposedly when we find the loves of our lives.. But he is easy going and friendly when he meets sexy Grace Emery life gets interesting.
Grace Emery is a divorced woman, former cop, now running the local premier resort. She's also raising her stepson. She doesn't have time for romance but when Slater Carson steps in to help with said stepson, life just seems to get a bit easier.
This is in many ways a typical LLM story. Friends, family, extended family.. She doesn't write anything new but that's ok, we touch base with a few characters from previous books. We get to see how family matters (even when it's extended or created) and we get to enjoy some warm feelings. And that's the magic of LLM.
As usual, I enjoyed this book BUT.. there was one sticking point that just won't go away. And it doesn't really have much to do with the story just have to talk about it. At one point Slater, Grace, Slater's daughter, ex-girlfriend and Grace's stepson fly down to Laramie. The men go to the UW Football game and the women go shopping at the mall. Ummm Laramie doesn't have a mall.. I live in Laramie and that one just got me. Had to laugh.. but that's only a problem when it's real life. Yep this is fiction and if LLM wants to put the world's biggest mall in Laramie then there it is..
But even that is part of the joy of LLM. She's comfort food all wrapped up in a sexy cowboy.
Always a pleasure to indulge in one of her books.
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I love it when series collide! Jennifer Haymore is a spectacular Historical Fiction author and when I discovered her House of Trent Series, I was in Alt.. but I always felt a little off because she never finished it. I mean she started out the series with these wonderful little erotic Novellas that Lady Esme Hawkins wrote. In a way that entire series should have evolved around her. But it didn't. Esme kind of disappeared into the wood works. But!!!
It seems Ms. Haymore is a bit more sneaky than we thought. First she gives us Markus Hawkins in An Affair in Autumn, part of a Divergent Series and now, Finally we get Esme's story! And what a wickedly delish story it is.
Lady Esme Hawkins has hidden away from society secretly writing her stories. She feels like she is something of an oddity because as far as her family and friends (what few she has) know, she keeps to her rooms, is anti social and sleeps a lot. What the world (and family) doesn't know is she has been writing erotic stories for years. She is an accomplished author and takes it very seriously doing all of her own research. Which leads her to some rather interesting places, like you know a famous brothel..
Camden McLeod is one of the Highland Knights, a group of men who have dedicated their lives to king and country. First in War and now as a not so secret group of Scots that investigates the questionable.. The job has it's interests so when he finds himself following a client into a brothel, he is irked but not too surprised. What does surprise him is the woman he finds there. Obviously a lady of quality, what ever is she up to?
OOOO Personalities clash, secrets come out and a villain is exposed! What more can we ask for? Of course Jennifer does it with style and class. Giving us a sensual delight of two strong personalities who finally find what they are looking for!
This was a total joy to read and I am loving the entire series!
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A Lord with a vice.. yeah haven't seen that one before.. *grins* Emma Locke has chosen to call this her Naughty Girls Series but for me, in The Danger of Daring a Lady, I see a strong willed woman and a man with potential.. That is if he ever gets over his childish ways.. or hey his gambling addiction.
Caitlin Hart is practical in the extreme. She inherited her sister's farm and has spent the past few years working it, pretty much alone. With little time for fun she spends the occasional night at the local tavern at the weekly card game. She plays to win and win she does. But when the scapegrace she wins from refuses to just pay up and go, Caitlin is suddenly set up with a farm hand who is determined to earn his money back. And maybe her heart.
Lord Darius Alexander and when he's holding a can't loose hand he feels it's only right to bet the family money. You know the money they can't afford to loose? Of course he does.. and suddenly he feels angst at his decision. Wanting to win it back he is confused when Caitlin Hart (the winner) refuses to give him a chance to win it back. So now, he's determined to earn it back. He's not going to let his family down. (A little late but at least he's trying).
So... I was not a fan of this book. It wasn't a bad book it just lacked something. Connection maybe? This was what I would call a solid fall back book. Taking an overused trope and well over using it. Sure there's a bit of a twist to it but personally, I just wanted to slap good old Darius. He lost his family money, remorse sets in and now he expects Caitlin to give it back... hmmm
Now Caitlin? She's sort of sunk into depression, oh sure that's not what Ms. Locke calls it but she has. Her family is dead, she's stuck on a farm and funds are dwindling. What's she going to do with a London Rogue? Reform him? Well of course she is.. *grins*
Like I said, an ok book but it didn't excite me over much.
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I admit it, Katie Reus Rocks!! I am such a huge fan of hers. I have enjoyed watching her rise as an author. She wOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
I admit it, Katie Reus Rocks!! I am such a huge fan of hers. I have enjoyed watching her rise as an author. She writes wonderful shifter romances, Vampire romances, romantic suspense.. yep she does it all and she does it pretty darn well. Enemy Mine is a re released and slightly altered version of a previous story. And that's ok with me. It was still a fun Novella and worth the read.
I am the first to tell ya, I am not a huge fan of Vampire romances. At least not the traditional ones, something to do with being undead and all that. But and here's a huge but.. there are times when the romance out weighs the vampire so to speak. When it's not quite a traditional vampire story and those, well I am a sucker for those.
Kiernan and Melina spent one unforgettable night together more than a year ago. Born as enemies, both natural, he's a vampire, she's a shifter AND feud made.. it's hard to imagine that these two could ever have anything more than one single night. And even that shouldn't have happened. But it did and they both dream of more.
Kiernan has decided it's time to claim his mate, feud and family be damned. Only Melina is neck deep in some sort of trouble and now he's the only one who can help her. How can he convince her to trust him both with her life and more importantly with her heart?
Melina wants Kiernan, she always has but she doesn't trust that something so fragile can withstand the outside forces that will try to destroy them. Is it worth risking her heart over something that will probably fall apart anyway?
Great chemistry, strong sensual pull and an in depth back story. An strong showing in so few words.
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Welcome back to Silver Town, those wolves are always up to something! This time Terry Spear takes a joyous and coOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Welcome back to Silver Town, those wolves are always up to something! This time Terry Spear takes a joyous and complicated trip into the Heart of the Wolf..
Pepper Grayling is not your typical girl next door. She's not even your typical wolf next door. Nope she's and Alpha Wolf and runs her pack. Strong and decisive she has no use for males who think they can come in and take over. Unfortunatly that seems to be the type she keeps attracting. Lazy, self centered, greedy and power hungry wolves who assume that the "little lady" needs a man er wolf to help run things. Since that is all Pepper knows about Alpha Males, when one comes along who isn't any of those things she's more than a little confused. How can she trust her heart and more importantly her pack to an Alpha Male?
Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is a strong member of the Silver Town Pack. In fact he's strong enough to run his own pack but his family is in Silver Town and after the shame their father put the pack through, Eric has no desire to make waves. That doesn't mean he isn't an alpha all on his own. When he meets Pepper Grayling it's instant attraction and he knows he would be good for her as well as her pack. He doesn't want to run it instead of her but he would like to be by her side. How can he explain the difference? Eric has to learn a little patience and show Pepper that he's not that kind of Alpha.
I like this series, it's fun, it's crazy and the characters stay true to the storyline no matter how far into it you get. Sure there are crossovers with other Heart of the Wolf Packs and sometimes it can get confusing but that's ok. The stories are well thought out, well planned and well implemented. Strong characters, both lead and secondary and creative storylines.
In Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply I saw a realistic human problem faced by a wolf shifter and how she applied it to pack life. A strong woman who wants a man but doesn't need one.. A strong woman that has to learn how to trust and how to accept that sometimes it's ok to lean on someone else. That doesn't make you weak.
Looking for a fun read? A sweet romance and a promise of another story down the line? Check out this book.
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Ella Quinn is back with a new series that is bound to be fun! In Three Weeks to Wed we meet the Worthingtons and the slow slide to fall in love begins!
Ok, it's not perfect but it is fun and actually believable. In a world where marriage is really the only career for a woman it has to be hard to accept that you will probably never marry. Ms. Quinn writes a loverly story about a woman who makes that choice and then...
Lady Grace Carpenter would happily find the man of her dreams and have that forever love BUT she has seven count 'em seven siblings she is responsible for. What man would ever want to raise all those kids not his own? She knows she is doomed to spinsterhood but before she goes quietly into the night, Grace has a plan. She's going to experience passion. True passion, just one night, and she has the man all picked out. Mattheus, Earl of Worthington. One night, one anonymous tryst and she's ready to settle into her spinsterhood. Too bad, Matt has other plans.
Mattheus, Earl of Worthington is ready to settle down. That is if he can find a woman with a brain (and of course a body). So far no one has fit the bill but the mysterious Grace seems to be the one. Only she is hiding something (like who she really is) and Matt has to convince her that he can be there for her, forever.
Sensual yep that's the right word for this book. It had this sultry appeal to it. Clandestine yet not cheap. Teasing but not tawdry.. Really well done of Ms. Quinn.
Once again Ella Quinn shows us how it's done!
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No one does romantic humor, PNR Humor?? Fantasy Humor? better than Shelly Laurenston. No One! And as I figure out the genre I will give it a definite name. Until then, let's just say Shelly is one of the best. In the Undoing, book two of her Call of Crows Series, we see more of her wackiness starting to unfurl. It's not the almost slapstick humor we see in her DragonKin Series or her Pack/Pride series. This is a bit more macabre and off beat. Which of course just makes it better.
We began our journey in The Unleashing and we discovered that the Viking Pantheon is still going strong and there are humans on earth set to fight evil in their name. In The Undoing we travel further into the void..
Protector Ski Eriksen is a calm man, a cautious man, an educated man but he's also a man who is willing to get the job done. When it falls on him to work with Crow (the clan that the Protectors were created to umm destroy) things get interesting. Especially when Ski gets interested. Talk about opposites attracting...
Jace Berisha was basically sold into marriage and forced to live in a cult until her husband killed her. Of course Jace being the woman she is, refused to stay dead and now works with the Crows fighting evil. Clean up crew here we are. But when the Protectors discover that she is also proficient in reading some of the ancient texts she is sorta forced convinced to work with them. What no one saw coming was the fact that all of the Protectors would fall in love with her. Making it incredibly difficult for Jace to work and even harder to work on Ski.. Yep there's something going on there.
The humor is subtle, sort of. Like I said not the slap stick of some of her other series but believe me it's there. How any author can create this dark landscape, this end of the world as we know it scenario and then make us laugh is beyond me. Yet Shelly, yep she's the queen!
The fight is just beginning and everyone is starting to find their place. It's a dark world and yet the Crows are ever present and ever ready to party or kick ass!! And seriously, who knows who they are gonna piss off next!
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Writing regency romance has to be the hardest writing job around. Why? Because once it was fresh and new but now? Everyone is doing it. Walking that tightrope of keeping things fresh and yet staying in the lines is a gift and Sabrina Jeffries presents us with one once again. The Study of Seduction is the second book of her Sinful Suitors Series and I found it delightful.
The true gift of this book is not the originality, because it's really not (original) it's the characters, the personalities and the charm.
Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough is beginning his pursuit of a wife. He wants demur, responsible, meek, nice, boring... what he doesn't want is Lady Clarissa Lindsey with her lust for life and adventure. He knows she isn't the one for him. But when he finds himself looking out for her. Being at her side when trouble comes riding in, Edwin can't help it, he marries her. Now he's married to the one woman who is so not right for him and he just can't seem to figure out why he doesn't mind.
Lady Clarissa Lindsey finds herself in a bit of a pickle. It seems a Frenchman attached to the Ambassador wants her. And he wants her NOW. It doesn't matter if she isn't interested. She needs to find a way out and when her brother's friend Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough offers a solution she really has no choice but to accept it. And hope for the best.
See not all that original but as I said it was delightful. It also brought something to light that maybe we don't realize. Stalking isn't a new thing and people in power will abuse that power whenever they can (not all people of course). Today we have resources but even then there's a chance that the stalker will prevail. What resources did a regency woman have? Succumb or marry someone else. Fortunately for Clarissa she found a man to marry that was perfect for her. A man worthy of her respect... but that she had to choose shows a darkness even in Regency times. Honestly it was probably way worse.
Not every woman had a handsome lord to step in and save the day. Not every woman wanted to be saved and basically forced into marriage. This is a rather dark subject but Ms. Jeffries makes it not light but worth the read. She doesn't preach or pontificate she just tells a story about two people who overcame an obstacle and fell in love.
And for that reason, so did I.
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It's always a joy to discover that an author you like has a past.. I am used to Hannah Howell writing about The Murrays or Wherlockes in England but what I didn't know is that Ms. Howell also writes Westerns.. *gasp* Westerns you say? Yep.. And A Taste of Fire was my first foray into the western mind of Ms. Howell and I promise it was a total delight!
Antonie Ramirez was raised by the bandito that found her murdered parents, well a man he was riding with murdered them. But what Antonie found was a life filled with a unique upraising and unconditional love. But her father is dead now and it's time for her to fulfill a promise. Antonie has to go to the Bancrofts and let them know that their ranch, their very lives are in jeopardy and it's from someone they trust. But Antonie finds that there is more than just repaying a debt. There is a love for the ages, if only she is brave enough to accept it.
Royal Bancroft has been doing everything he can to figure out why the banditos are suddenly targeting his ranch. But when Antonie Ramirez shows up to honor their family debt, Royal has a direction. Just not a person. But Royal also knows that he has intense feelings for Antonie and he has to decide if love is worth taking the risk.
Just wonderful. This book deals with so much. It's not just love and passion, it's family dynamics and racial unrest. It's also greed and a certain superiority that decays the soul.
After I finished this book, i went back into Ms. Howell's library and searched for any more books about this family. Sadly, there weren't I was totally bummed! I can only hope to see more.
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Listen up people, I read Monica Burns' new book Assassin's Honor and fell in love. A Total and complete fall.. AsOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Listen up people, I read Monica Burns' new book Assassin's Honor and fell in love. A Total and complete fall.. Assassin's Honor is book 1 in Ms. Burns' brand new series, The Order of the Sicari.. and it's intense, intelligent and totally unique! Yay for unique!
Archeologist Emma Zale can see the history of an item whenever she touches it. This would seem like a great gift for an archaeologist to have but it's hard on Emma, the history is often violent and dark. It also makes her different and Emma has tried to not use this particular gift often. No matter that her parents and her slimeball ex fiance have encouraged her to do so. She even tried to find another path in life but it seems archaeology is in her blood. When her parents were murderd 5 years ago, Emma was devastated but she struggled on. Now it's her mentor who died in the exact same manner as her parents and this time, the police think she's the murderer. But a mysterious man has come to save her and somehow Emma knows she's safe with him. Or is she?
Ares DeLuca has served his people well. His people? A secret organization that was once the bodyguards of the Ceasars.. only corruption and greed managed to make them hunted as heretics. The Sicari have become the assassin's of the people. Yep, they do what justice can't. Only they are still forced to hide due to the zealousness of their enemies. Ares is the leader of the Chicago area and has given his life to serving them. But when Emma Zale, an outsider, becomes part of his life all of his rules and some say his honor go out the window. All that matters is protecting Emma.
This was absolutely awesome. Seriously intense! Emma and Ares just sizzle when they are together. But it's not always this perfect union, they are human and they screw up. Between the two of them they have to learn what true love is and more importantly how to forgive. Grand gestures are wonderful but they must learn that it's the living day to day that matters.
I can not wait to read the next book in this series! I am all in!
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Seriously? I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES. What B.J. Daniels gives us in her Montana Hamiltions Series is sheer genius ! Hard Rain is book four and I have loved every minute of this brilliant, wonderful, tense series.
Harper Hamilton has been away from home, traveling the world and managed to avoid a lot of the family drama that has been going on. But she's home now and smack dab in the middle of it. She seriously needs a break so manages to sneak off and have a wild ride (literally) unfortunately (ok, fortunately) Brody McTavish thinks she's a rider who has lost control of her horse and saves her.. Seriously, A Hamilton needs saving on a horse?? But Brody has always been the boy/man Harper has dreamed of so this is not a bad chance meeting.
Brody McTavish has remained home and begun a life of his own, he's part owner of the family ranch and has big dreams. When he "saves" Harper he sees a chance of getting the girl of his dreams as well. He has always wanted her and now it seems is their time. Of course life is never, ever that simple and a chance discovery of proves that skeletons can be found in places other than closets. Now their chance for love is twisting and turning into family drama.. just what the Hamilitons need.
What B.J. Daniels does better than anyone else is create these complex characters with depth and integrity then tossing them into insanity. Watching them find their way out is always a treat. Brody and Harper are such well written individuals that it is impressive. They are strong willed and have strong family ties. When those ties clash, they have to choose a path and part of that decision is if they are going to travel that path together or separately.
Of course their is so much more going on. Buckmaster Hamiliton has his own issues to decide. Now that he's acknowledged that Sarah is the love of his life, can he take her with him all the way to the White House? Or should he stop the campaign?
And Sarah? I am still in awe as to how this character just keeps evolving. Just what has she been doing for 22 years and when will she remember? But more importantly just who was she to begin with? There are so many intriguing possibilities to her.
Yep, B.J. Daniels remains queen of Western Suspense!
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Darcy Burke is at it again, Beginning a brand new series, The Untouchables.. no Sean Connery is not in it. He could be though, *grins* While she doesn't give us Sean Connery what Ms Burke brings to the table is glamour and guilt.
Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart was caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong man. A private kiss destroyed her come out. A derelict father is destroying her life 10 years later. Forced to find work as a comanion because her family either is pretty much crap. Her father is so caught up in himself that he's pushing Eleanor out, her sister, married to a rather pompous vicar, can't take her in, because of said vicar, and the rest of her family is ashamed by her behavior 10 year ago and don't want to be branded by the shame.. Now she's found a place with an amazing woman who wants to be more than a companion. She wants to be a friend AND she wants to help her relaunch into society.
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal AKA the Forbidden Duke, was once a wild man about town. He was a rake and a rogue, even bet his best friend to take advantage of an innocent. But the death of his father changed him, in ways too much. From fun loving too strait laced and overly boring. Of course neither reputation matters he is and always will be an Untouchable. It doesn't matter what he does all that matters is who he is. At least that's what society feels but Titus, he feels differently. He feels he must be above reproach. When Eleanor Lockhart appears as his step mother's companion, Titus feels he has a chance to right a grievous wrong. After all he was the one who put her in that room in the first place. It was him who placed the bet.. But the more he gets to know Eleanor, the more he wants the woman.. not the reputation.
Darcy Burke writes wonderful, well developed stories. When reading one of her books you are not caught up in anachronisms or lost in gaps in the story and The Forbidden Duke is no different. It is a well written book with engaging characters of depth and passion. It was easy to get lost in this book. Perfect? maybe not but I started reading and didn't stop until the book was finished and that is a book worth reading.
I enjoyed the growth of character for both Eleanor and Titus. Sure most of that took place before the book started but we still got to see it. To enjoy it. To see that past mistakes could be, should be accepted not held against someone for life.
I am looking forward to what happens next in this series.. so thanks Darcy for once again making me smile.
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Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book Welcome to the first book in the exciting new series by Dawn Ryder. Dangerous to Know was a fast paced thriller aOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book Welcome to the first book in the exciting new series by Dawn Ryder. Dangerous to Know was a fast paced thriller and a totally thrilling find!
Zoe is the child of a military family. Both her brother and her father are active members, officers. Dedicated to their country. She's the one at home but she too is dedicated and loyal. A true blue good girl. But one night on the wild side introduces her to a man who just challenges her to sin. And when she finds out he's been sent by the very country that her family has dedicated their lives to, to investigate her, Zoe is shattered. All of her beliefs gone! Her sense of self and loyalty are questioned and her belief in her own judgement? Well throw that one away? I mean how can a girl know a guy got into her bed to spy on her and STILL want him? Maybe even be falling in love with him?
Mercer is dark and dangerous. Every good girl's fantasy.. the bad boy that chases away all those perfect preppy boys. He's also special ops and on a mission and totally HATES traitors. To discover that one of their most decorated military families is being considered as traitors infuriates him. Yet when he meets Zoe, sparks are flying and it's not just because of the job. Now he has a choice, does he believe the files? Or his gut?
Excellent! This book captured me from the beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't a suspense book because while we knew Zoe's family was not the traitors, we also had a pretty good idea who was. It was more of a Columbo style of action. We knew who the bad guys were, we just get to watch the good guys figure it out.
A negative? Sometimes, the sex didn't fit with the story. I don't mind sex in a book, I do mind when it's just tossed in for sex sake. And sometimes I felt that this was the case. It didn't totally detract from the story but it took Dangerous to know from a great book to a good one. But that won't keep me from exploring the rest of the Unbroken Heroes Series as it comes out! And please don't let it keep you from this book.. it was good!
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Anna Harrington is a new find of mine and what a joy. In Along Came a Rogue, book two in her The Secret Life of Scoundrels Series, I found a joyous read and am looking forward to reading many, many more of her books.
At one time it seemed like Emily had it all, the darling daughter of a Duke, slightly flirtatious but adored by all. But one indescretion sent her life into a tailspin. Not a serious one, she was 16 and was caught kissing her brother's best friend in the family garden. He was the son of a blacksmith and she was destined for more. Instead of a happily ever after she was sent first to boarding school, then into a "proper" marriage.. you know hell. It's been years, Emily is all grown up and a widow now. Her family needs her but she's determined to live life on her own terms. It takes only the appearance of one Major Nathaniel Grey, to remind her that her family might need her but she really needs them. *whispers* and him.
Major Nathaniel Grey has turned his life into something rather spectacular, the son of the village blacksmith (or maybe not) he's risen from orphan, to stable boy, to a Major in His Majesty's Army AND A SPYMASTER to boot. Life is good but is truly missing something. When his best friend is shot in the middle of Mayfair, all he asks is to bring Emily home. And for Grey to get her. Of course Grey agrees.... Never dreaming he'd end up getting shot at. It seems life for Emily hasn't gone remotely the way everyone expected. She's in some serious trouble and it doesn't take a Master Spy to figure it out. But even that's not as important as getting Emily home to Thomas.
There have been years between that one single kiss and now. Life has changed for both Emily and Grey. But the promise in that kiss remains and as adults both of them realize that they have a chance. Something that there didn't remotely have back then. It wasn't realistic and we all know that most of our teen crushes die a quick death. But as adults? That's an entire different story.
Of course the romance isn't the entire story, Thomas is shot.. so Emily's family needs her. Emily has someone that wants her dead so there is some intrigue going on as well. And of course the obstacles surrounding the fact that they really do come from different backgrounds.. Some of the issues are resolved way to easily and I found that a bit disconcerting. And some of the issues (Emily's family other than Thomas) I just found annoying.. but I suppose rather realistic, that is until explanations are made. Then I was went back to annoyed.
Along Came a Rogue was not a perfect book. It had some gaps and some flaws but it was fun. It entertained and it made me want to come back for more. Really, what more can you expect from a book? So all in all? A solid read
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They were once young and carefree but they lived in turbulant times. Duty beckoned and each answered in his own way, they were The Dukes of War.
One was forced to stay behind and manage his affairs but watched as his friends left boys and came back men with troubles and struggles they have to overcome. One went away a dashing heir and returned and impoverished Earl (The Earl's Defiant Wallflower), One left all daring and dashing and came home lost in his mind with a severe case of PTSD not that anyone knew it by that name at the time (The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress). Two left darlings of the ton, twins, halves of one whole but only one came home (The Major's Faux Fiancee) but just when all hope is lost, the brother thought lost to war comes back.. obviously he's not dead..(The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride). But Erica Ridley realizes that there are more stories to be told. There are others who suffered, struggled and fought to survive (The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway)
Finally we get the story about the friend who stayed behind..
Miss Katherine Ross is witty, vivacious and slightly outrageous. She has a plan to remain single and in control of her wealth. Be a solid voice for her causes but because of the laws of her day, she never plans to marry. No way is she going to loose control of her money, her individuality. But when she suddenly finds herself married to the personification of boring, dull and duty... the chess board tilts.
Lawrence Pembroke, the Duke of Ravenwood is a true and honest friend. Loyal to a fault and committed to duty. He has watched his friends go off to war and return, somewhat battered but each has found his way. He stayed behind and answered the call of duty.. cold, hard duty. He knows he must marry and doesn't even dream of finding a woman he can love like his friends have. He knows he must find a woman of good birth, flawless reputation and impeccable behavior.. instead he gets Miss Katherine Ross..
OK.. here's the thing.. I liked this book. I liked that Lawrence was an introvert and extremely shy but forced himself to deal with life. I liked that he was flawed and we had to learn to like him. BUT.. I already liked him. We knew him from previous books, he was more than a remote caricature and yet in this book, his book, he started out that way. A caricature of himself. We had to meet him all over again and I thought he was lacking something, initially..
I also was missing his connection with his friends. This was a man so devoted to his friends that he was willing to marry the pregnant woman, a friend had left behind. To give up all chance at happiness to ensure her reputation and his (the friend's) was safe. We did not see that man in this book. We didn't see the staunch support of his friends that I expected. It was just missing all that.
Now don't get me wrong. This was a good book. I just wanted MORE for Lawrence. I know he got his HEA and he got the perfect HEA for him but for the first time in this series I was underwhelmed. This would have been a great first book of the series, introducing us to a new character.. but being the 7th in the series, like I said. I wanted more.
I know this was harsh, especially since I LIKED this book but it's how I felt. I still recommend it.
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Looking for a sweet read? A fun, escape? Then Amelia Grey's Wedding Night with the Earl is just for you. The third book in her Heir's Club of Scoundrels Trilogy I found it engaging and entertaining.
Miss Katharine Wright is the pampered niece of a Duke. Having lost her family at a young age and injured in the accident, she has been raised in the loving arms of her elderly relatives. Injured in the accident, they have held her back physically but encouraged her mind. Now it's time to repay them, to marry well. To relieve their minds and to give them a chance to enjoy their old age. Sounds great it's just the only man Katharine is interested in, will never remarry.. Or so he says.
Adam Greyhawke lost everything when his wife died in childbirth. He lost his wife, his child and parts of his sanity. It's been two years and he refuses to deal with society. Only society has demands on him. First off he is now the Earl of Greyhawke, second, he's the guardian of his heir. He has to return to society if only to figure out his estate. But one night out and he's already attracted to Miss Katharine Wright, a woman he could easily fall for. A woman he wants to stay away from, far away...
Like I said, engaging, enjoyable and entertaining. While this is the third book in the series, it was easily read as a stand alone but brought back characters from the first two books. They didn't play a huge part but were present and added a certain cohesiveness to the series.
I certainly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Ms. Grey.
This review is based on the ARC of Take Me, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2016
Have you been missing those oh so decadent Brecondridge Boys? Well I have! And I was thrilled to see Susan Holloway writing as Isabella Bradford back with the third book in this series. Once again she totally delights.
This time we are spending time with the scholarly brother, the one who is just as happy with a book as with well anything else..
Lucia di Rossi is something of a changeling, at least in her family. I mean a di Rossi who can't dance.. How can she ever survive in her family? Really, she can't forced into servitude to her more glamorous cousin, Lucia jumps at the chance to better herself. Even if it's just because of a bet. When Lord Rivers Fitzroy bets he can make a silk's purse out of a sow's ear and chooses Lucia as his project. Drunk or not, Lucia is NOT going to let him wiggle out of it. What she doesn't expect is to find the warm and charming man beneath the society darling. Will she escape with her heart intact?
Lord Rivers Fitzroy, is charming and beloved in society. He really has nothing to prove and when he jokingly claims he can make a lady out of anyone his friend's take him up on it. Only they were drunk and hardly serious but when Lucia shows up on his doorstep demanding he make good on his promise, Rivers is intrigued. And attracted to the true woman beneath.
This was a fun sexy book. It didn't really matter when this happened (for those of you who aren't really regency fans) it has a timeless appeal. Rivers and Lucia defied the rules and came out stronger because of it. Isabella Bradford manages to write about interesting characters with hidden depths. Yep, it's a winner..
Shauni This review is based on the ARC of Take Me, provided by netgalley and is
Once again I am honored to share with you all a book by Laurie McBain. One of the last books written by Ms. McBain. A book that takes us from the innocence of the Antebellum South through the ravages of war and the cost of survival. It isn't pretty and it doesn't romanticize the war.. Instead Ms. McBain focused on what it takes to survive..
Another powerful sweeping saga that covers time and sweeps us along through the triumphs and tragedy of innocence lost.
I remember when I read this book for the first time, I wept. It may be about the civil war and yes a Southern Family or rather two Southern Families but it is really about surviving war. It could have taken place during any war.. the emotions and loss were well written. The devastation that comes when the war is over and the desire to start over, whether at home or in another place.
Leigh Travers was a golden girl, life was good and she was soon to be engaged. Her family while not perfect was hers and she loved them. But war was coming and no one really understood what that meant. Leigh watched as fiancee and family members left for war, some never to return and others to return changed men. Then there was the death caused by illness and disease. Life was no longer pretty and as she struggled to keep what was left of her family together, Leigh was given a choice she didn't know if she could make.. But her family always came first, always and Leigh sacrificed her very happiness for them, or so she thought.
Neil Braedon was the bad boy of the Braedon family, not raised on the neighboring plantation but out west and at one time with the Comanche. He is a man of strength and values and knows the end of a way of life is coming. But seeing Leigh Travers he wants... knowing she will never be his but their lives are destined to intertwine and finally he is given no choice, marry her..
Through the dark times of war Leigh and Neil are constantly at odds but both of them believe in family and in ways neither of them understand, in each other. A love begins a tiny seed that blossoms over time and distance as Leigh and Neil travel from Virginia to the Wilds of Texas where even there, darkness follows.
This was truly a beautiful story and I know Civil War stories are not "in" these days but it's fabulous and certainly well worth the read.
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Carolyn Brown is back and as sassy as ever! Burnt Boot Texas is feud city. The Hatfields and the McCoys have nothing on the Gallaghers and the Brennans. And if ever a town needs someone with a little sense, it's Burnt Boot.
This time things are getting interesting. It seems Good Girl Leah Brennan has had a secret crush on bad boy Tanner Gallagher only she's never had the nerve to act on it. I mean how could she? She's being groomed to take over the family. But just when things start getting interesting and Leah just might be having a forbidden romance, a true bad boy rides in. And for Leah? All bets are off.
Rhett O'Donnell is a father's nightmare (or in Leah's case, a grandmother's). He's tattooed, long haired and rides a motorcycle. And he has eyes on Leah Brennan, good girl, school teacher. Does he dare face the wrath of the Brennans?
I won't go into the shenanigans that these two families get up to but let's just say it's a doozy. Burnt Boot surely must stink to high heaven. Of course the minor offenses include bribing the pastor and giving a full time position to a Gallagher when a Brennan has been doing the job for years. And that's only a minor offense. *grins* You have to read these books to believe it.
There is neutral territory and those grounds are all but sacred. You can find both families hanging out and silently taunting each other.. What Carolyn Brown does is mock her characters while making them human and flawed and fun.
These books are not in any way for the serious minded. It's light hearted, it's frivolous and total fun. Fortunately she shows us the importance of laughter with our love. I just love these books and everyone should read them...
This review is based on the ARC of One Texas Cowboy Too Many, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2016...more
Elizabeth Michels new series The Spare Heirs share about those individuals that are born for just one reason. To be the spare.
The Spare Heirs are just that.. second sons. Ones that may be loved, may be respected or may be tossed aside and disowned. Either way they all have one thing in common.. they aren't needed.
Lady Roselyn Grey has plans. She is going to marry the stoddy, boring boy next door (who is also a titled gentleman) live a life of tedium and decorum and be oh so proper. She needs this. But the return of the bad boy second son throws all her plans into turmoil. Roselyn has fun with him, she enjoys being with him, she remembers all of the fun they had as children and she's starting to doubt. But when her almost fiance dies everything once again shifts and Roselyn's world is all topsy turvy and her emotions? Total turmoil.
Ethan Moore was banished from the family and made his way as a prizefighter, a successful one. Only he's missing his family and stops in just to see how they are doing. What he sees is his brother getting the girl. Trying to step back is hard but he does try but when his brother dies on a simple walk around their land and Ethan is accused, at least in the eyes of Roselyn, his world falls apart. Suddenly the title is his, the responsibility is his and the girl? Well he'll have to fight for her.
This book had a very nice rhythm to it but at times the push/pull attraction between Roselyn and Ethan is sometimes hard to bear. Roselyn for all her desire to be the good girl, acts like something of a strumpet. She ignores boundaries and is often found in places no good girl would even consider. It's not that this is an unlikable trait in and of itself but for this character? Yeah, sometimes it rubs.
Now Ethan is a confused man. He loves his family but feels deserted (and rightly so). He tries to do what's best but he knows that Roselyn belongs with him not his brother. But when he comes into the title? It's a mess and Ethan has to rise to the occasion.
All in all, it's a good book. Fun with some interesting historical facts thrown in. It's always nice when a book adds something new about history. Well, new to me. And Ms. Michels' inclusion of the Jett industry was new usually we deal with coal or tin mining..
I look forward to reading more in this series.
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I like Shana Galen. She's one of those authors that can tell a simple story and make it grand! It's a talent, a gift and a treat for all of us.
I Kissed a Rogue (I'm sorry I just love the title and can't help singing it why I read it..) is book 4 in Ms. Galen's Covenant Garden Series and it's another of those series that addresses that all was not perfect in Regency England. Even for those who lived the lives of the beautiful people.
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox is not a likable woman. She's snobby, snotty and altogether catty, she's a Duke's daughter and knows her due. So unlikable or not the world is at her feet, until she is kidnapped and forced to face reality. And her reality involves being rescued by a former beau. One she rejected, in her own special not so nice way. Now she needs to learn that it's the man and not the title that makes the difference.
Sir Brook Derring is the consummate good guy. The man full of Derring do (Couldn't help myself, sorry). He deals with the scum of the earth and the underbelly of London on a regular basis. So when he's called upon to rescue the lovely Lillian, Brook knows he's the man for the job. Even if he isn't really looking forward to seeing the woman who broke his heart.
What made this book so excellent was Ms. Galen's twist on taming the shrew.. Her characters are fascinating, well developed and manage to pull the emotion right from your heart. Seeing them twist and turn as they learn to look beneath the surface is a joy.
A story as old as time yet fresh and new in the hands of Ms. Galen.
This review is based on the ARC of I Kissed a Rogue, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2016
Paige Tyler writes about the unique. She's not just shifter writer she gives them purpose. She has her SWAT TeamOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Paige Tyler writes about the unique. She's not just shifter writer she gives them purpose. She has her SWAT Team and she has her X-OPS Team. Now I will admit her SWAT Team is a more traditional story. You know, werewolf shifters turned SWAT Team.. *grins* But their creation is what I am talking about. They were turned or they were born. Nothing too crazy about that.
But her X-OPS? Well there is something truly unique about them. Yes, they were born or they were turned OR.. Yep there's an or. Or they were genetically engineered.. and that's not turning out all that well for those who keep playing god.
Minka was a young woman in man's world. Eastern Europe to be specific. She had loving parents and respected the faiths of those around her. But someone thought she would be a good subject for enhancement. Captured and filled with all sorts of chemicals, Minka has become the monster. She has no idea how to protect herself until she goes into a rage and kills her captors. Leaving the local villagers more than a little afraid. Herself as well. But when a small team shows up and offers her a chance at normalcy, Minka thinks maybe she can do this. Especially if the sexy Special Forces soldier, Angelo stays by her side. He is literally her anchor.
Angelo is happy being Special Forces he has no desire to become part of some secret organization. Even if his best friend and former Special Forces Agent is. But when he finds a woman who has obviously been altered he knows just who to call. And when she is happy and calm only when they are touching, Angelo realizes that his world is changing. Minka is becoming way to important to him. Can he leave her at a time when the only way to stop the monster is him?
I know it's "in" to have secret black ops teams, it's "in" to have genetically engineered teams and it's of course "in" to work with Werewolves but it's nice to see a writer who doesn't care. Paige Tyler writes a wonderful and intense story about finding your way back from hell. Of fighting the monster within (in this case literally) and finding love. Choosing love. And then she complicates it with twists and turns that snag your attention and keep you falling...
As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, this author and this series!
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Once again Donna Grant brings us a tale of fantasy and promise. Of Dragon Kings and Fey of Good vs Evil. In her 8Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
Once again Donna Grant brings us a tale of fantasy and promise. Of Dragon Kings and Fey of Good vs Evil. In her 8th, that's right 8th Dragon Kings Series book, we are challenged. The book shows how truly talented Donna is because it's fresh, it's new and it's exciting and yet it continues the over all arc that has been going on since the beginning. And that's talent.
Dr. Sophie Martin is committed to her craft, to being there for those who need her, not just those who can pay her. She is dedicated, brilliant and alone. When Darius made his appearance (Passion Ignites). She was fascinated, intrigued and totally attracted. But that was a one night stand and Sophie has had to keep going. But Darius is back and he brings with him a danger so dark she can't fathom it. Until she is used as a pawn in the battle and Sophie has to rely on the unbelievable.. and on a love she didn't know she could ever have.
Darius, is a rather conservative dragon. He's there for his team, his family. He believes in what they stand for and he is thrilled that some of them are falling in love. What he doesn't expect, refuses to accept, is that he too can fall. That there is a woman for him that will accept him, scales and all. It's not in the cards and Darius has made sure of it. But one night with Sophie is not enough.. even though he keeps telling her and himself that it is. She's his potato chip one night is just not enough. When Sophie is used as a means to get to the Dragons, Darius is forced to accept that she means way more to him that he wanted to admit.. She has become his world.
Donna made the story of Darius and Sophie front and center in this book. It drives the arc rather than the arc driving the book. It's fun to see her switch things up with every book. And Darius and Sophie are both such strong characters. Each of them is very community based and has to actually learn to grab something for themselves. Which is nice. These are not selfish individuals.
Rhi continues to mystify and I will admit, I no longer care who her Dragon is. I don't care that he has always loved her, that he saved her on more than one occasion. I think she should dump his ass..I know they aren't together anymore.. but Rhi is a complex character and it's obvious she's a pivotal one. Her Dragon needs to learn a hard lesson. She's not his anymore!
Con is starting to tick me off. Ok, Con has irked me off, on and off, since the beginning. He's a strong leader but what's his agenda? What is he hiding, other than his relationship with the Light Fae Queen (which I don't think is as physical as we are being led to believe). I think it's all about the agenda, I just wish I knew what it was.
Ballydyn continues to move up on the scale of whose important. He too is a pivotal character. Will he return from the light? Will he become a Reaper? OOOOO I Just thought of that. His role is constantly changing. Will he rise up and become the Dark Fae King? What happens if and when Rhi chooses another?
Ulric, ever mysterious, ever devious, ever angry. Will he continue with his plot to destroy Con at any cost? What's his true end game?
There is so much going on, so many questions and so much excitement!
Another great job!
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I have been waiting for this book! I know Clare must have some story to tell and boy howdy did she ever!I Will admit Jess Michaels Rocked this book! Ruined is book 4 in her Wicked Woodleys Series and I thought it was going to be the last but great news there will be more!
This entire series has circled around finding Clare, finding out why she left and "saving" her. Each couple has fallen in love in spite of the trauma and tragedy Clare's disappearance has caused. In all honesty, because Clare didn't come across as a victim per say, up until now, she wasn't necessarily a likable character. She seemed rather selfish and self centered... but Jess isn't going to allow that to stand. Nope.. As she tells Clare's story it's hard not to like her, to accept her choices if not appreciate, and to really enjoy this book.
Clare Woodley was the beloved oldest daughter in a strong loving family. Only one day she just disappeared. Ran off with a man, left her family dealing with the scandal of it all. Made it almost impossible for the family to deal. They did. But as each family member reached out to her, she rebuffed them. Asked them to leave her alone. Let her be.. Or worse didn't even respond. How could a loving sister and daughter do such a thing? And even worse than how she treated them is the life she has fallen into. She is to put it in modern day vernacular, a Mob Moll. Not the life a gently raised woman would aspire to. But now she's trying to get out of that life. To leave it, just like she left her family, behind and there's only one person she can trust, sort of, to help her, Warrick Blackwood. The man she has loved since he first showed up as her brother's horse breeder and trainer (yeah like that was a possible match).
Warrick Blackwood has secrets of his own. He's left a life of poverty and crime behind him and now he's happy as a horse breeder and trainer. Lucky for him, his boss is forward thinking and has allowed him to establish himself. He's no longer just the help. He's a man of consequence and has a name and reputation to be proud of. But when Clare Woodley shows up asking blackmailing him for help, he can't refuse her. And not because she holds the secret of his past in her hands. Nope, Clare is the woman he would have married if he could. Now, he knows he still isn't worthy of her (I have my own opinions on that) but he knows he can have her for right now if not forever.
Clare may have been raised properly and was the "better" of the two in this equation but actions speak louder than words. Clare was a coward who ran away from bad news and became a criminal. Warrick was raised in poverty, forced into a life of crime just to survive and then rose above it to become a man of integrity. Sheesh, just whose not good enough for who? But that's part of what makes this book so good. There are so many subtle and not so subtle digs at the mores and ideals of this time period. And maybe all time periods.. A case of judging a book by it's cover.. or family..
What Jess does is fabulous. First off, she makes Clare likable, always important for a heroine. She makes her vulnerable, she takes her from a child running away because she doesn't like what she hears to a woman who is willing to fight and die if necessary for what is important to her.
And War's struggles also show a depth of character that makes him an incredible hero. He's a strong, tough Alpha Male and yet he too is willing to die for something, or someone. He too must face a past he walked away from and he too comes out stronger because of it.
It's most definitely the best of the series and an absolutely great book!
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In 1816 there was what was called the year without summer. It's a historical fact. What authors, Kate Pearce, Suzanna Medeiros, Genevieve Turner, Jennifer Haymore and Sabrina Darby did was turn that phrase on it's ear. It seems that was also The Year Without a Duke.. These five authors have gotten together and written a wonderful divergent story. Each telling about those who are in search for this missing Duke.
Sabrina Darby brings us the final Chapter in The Year Without A Duke, Divergent Series and I was a little amazed. Not because it was a decent book but because for once, a Divergent Series seemed cohesive. One of the things I really dislike about Divergent Series is the fact that they are written by different authors.. in theory that's great, but for me in reality it's harsh. They books all tend to be stand alone's and often we don't get to see characters from previous books. Which makes the term series a bit off. Now don't get me wrong all of the characters from previous books didn't suddenly come to life but they were mentioned, they were part of this story and that my friends, makes A Duke by December one of the best...
Elizabeth Smith is something of an orphan, having run off with her brother, her half black brother, in order to save him from slavery. Something he should never have had to deal with as he was born free.. BUT that's not the story. In running from an abusive, greedy uncle, Elizabeth and said brother run right into the arms of Nathaniel Hughes. A man with something to prove and no reason what so ever to save them but save them he did. Elizabeth has moved up in the world with Nathaniel and is now his secretary. A female secretary to a very important business man. A man, she has fallen in love with. But now the comes the news that Nathaniel is so much more than just a successful business man, He's the long lost Duke. Moving from America to England is hard enough but now it seems she's loosing the connection with the one man who means everything to her. Can she find a place in his new life? In his heart?
Nathaniel Hughes fled England with a serious chip on his shoulder. He was gentry but nothing special and nowhere near good enough to marry the woman of his dreams (Caroline Addison from An Affair in Autumn). He's become a man of worth, a man who built his own life and now, almost a lifetime later? He's suddenly a Duke. The highest of the high.. in England he can have pretty much everything he wants. But it seems, what he wants is the one woman he rejected. He wants Elizabeth Smith.
This was just a sweet romance about two people who manage to find each other inspite of their circumstances. Two people who love deeply but have to fight themselves to allow it to happen. In all honesty the best part of the book was the cohesiveness I spoke of at the beginning of this book. That took a sweet 3 star book up a level. This book wasn't meant to move mountains it was meant to show that love really is the most important thing to have in life.. And it did just that.
A pleasant read.
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What can I say? Christine Warren seriously ROCKS.. *grins* pun intended. But she tells a powerful story of eternaOriginally Reviewed For: Tea and Book
What can I say? Christine Warren seriously ROCKS.. *grins* pun intended. But she tells a powerful story of eternal evil and those who fight against it. In her Novels of the Gargoyles Series, she manages to make Gargoyles sexy. So much that I find myself checking out the gargoyles on old buildings for reasons other than art and whimsy. Hey, it could happen..
Rocked by Love is book 4 in this fabulous series and once again fate steps in just when evil thought it was winning.
The Guardians were created to help humanity fight against true evil, the 7 demons. So of course there are 7 guardians. Of course after eons of helping the human cause, they finally just said who cares and refused to come to their summoning. That is until a woman begged at the Guardian's feet, his stone, gargoyle feet. Hearing her call and answering a need deeper than saving humanity, he came. And then was able to claim her as his mate.. living out his life with her. Or so the legend goes. No one really believes that anymore. But history or myth seem to be repeating itself. The world is at it's darkest, evil has the upper hand, the Wardens have been destroyed and once again it's a woman who calls to the Guardians.. just not once, not twice, not even three times...
Kylie Kramer is a super Geek to say the very least. She is at heart a hacker but is also one very, very rich woman due to an app she designed. Estranged from her upper class Connecticut family, she has strong ties with friends and some to the extent of considering them family. When her best friend, Bran died of mysterious causes, Kylie KNEW it wasn't from an undiagnosed heart condition. Nope, she's a hacker and she is gonna hack that info. Only doing so brings her close to death. And when a group of strange men attacked her she knew she was a goner. And she was.. only no way the way she thought. The strange Gargoyle statue, unfroze and flew her to safety.. Mental ward here she comes.. Because his story is no way believable, except maybe it is.
Dag is sworn to protect humanity and destroy the demons. He is firmly entrenched in the belief that when summoned he must do his duty and return to stone form when complete and ONLY a warden can summon him. So why was he summoned by this tiny bit of a woman? And how can he protect her?
Kylie is a true geek, throwing off technical and Yiddish terms right and left. Seriously, I can see her holding her own with the guys on the Big Bang Theory.. or that type. Smarter than smart. She could easily be a totally off putting character but Christine makes her lovable. Crazy, sure but totally lovable. She's strong, independent, brilliant and just a little vulnerable.. A perfect combination for this character and different enough from her other heroine's that we don't see repetition forming..
Dag on the other hand.. well he's a gargoyle so.. *grins* Seriously, Christine makes him so believable. If you have any sense of whimsy, any imagination you can't help start wondering if those gargoyles that grace buildings really can come to life. And be sexy.. Yeah, that's the important part. Because Christine's are and I want one of those.
When a writer manages to blur reality with a totally improbable creation, she has a hit on her hands. I know gargoyles aren't alive but because of these stories, it's believable. Even feasible. And that is the true gift of these books.
While the guardians are being gathered to fight the 7 demons is the over all story arc, in some ways it's just not needed because these characters are so rich, so well developed and so very layered they stand very well on their own. But the over all arc is important because it gives cause to their existence. And it's great to see an author that knows how to give cause but not overdo it.
Just a great job.
This review is based on the ARC of Rocked by Love, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2016...more
As we age our taste in books change, of course as the Romance Genre has aged, so too has it's styles, requirements and quality. Some of the books from the 70's and 80's that we may have loved at the time are not what we expect. Fortunately for all of us, Laurie McBain was way ahead of her time. Sure she wrote those epic novels, sagas, that took place over time never a short romance. No these were tales of life and romance. An entire world we would only see in her books.
I am so thrilled to see Laurie's books being re released and for kindle as well. I have always loved her books. Each one holds a special place in my heart and Wild Bells to the Wild Sky is one of her best.
This book begins when our heroine Lily Christian is a mere child of around 8 and our hero is barely a man (16ish). Their families are important in the Elizabethian court and active in the fight against Spain. Of course they have no contact initially but over time, Lily Christian and Valentine Whitelaw come together to fight against an evil that could destroy the very throne.
Lily Christian is the beloved daughter of a Spanish heiress and an English privateer. Her father is larger than life and her mother is graciousness personified.. a love that defied their families and countries but it wasn't to last and traitors destroyed them. Lily and her mother were stranded on a tropical island for several years along with Valentine's brother.. life went on for the survivors and it was years before a rescue happened. When it did Lily was a gangly child just emerging into womanhood but suceptable to a handsome captain.. who rightly saw her for what she was, a child.
Valentine Whitelaw was the adventurer in the family. His brother Basil had been the studious one, the quiet one. But he had been sent on a doomed mission and had been missing for years. When word came that he might have survived Valentine rushed to the rescue.. only to discover.. well that would be telling. But he did find Lily Christian.. Returning her to England and yes there were others that returned with them... where they became caught up once again in the politics of the English Court.
Lily grows as the story unfolds and Valentine discovers a woman he can love forever but their lives remain at risk by the traitor who had betrayed Basil and Geoffrey Christian. No one was safe, least of all the Queen, until this traitor or traitors are caught. And Lily's life will always be in danger if they are not stopped.
A beautiful, powerful love story. A story that tells of life in a time we can only imagine, of growing up and falling in love.. Just wonderful..
This review is based on the ARC of Wild Bells to the Wild Sky, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be re released on March 1, 2016...more