Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Blogger Hop #23

So come and join in on the fun and the hopping. Make new friends and discover new blogs!!! LETS DO THE HOP!!!! Come and check it out at Crazy For Books

Here Is This Weeks Question: "How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"

Well I would have to say mostly is comments on other blogs, that probably brings the most people to my blog, and it gives me a chance to go visit other blogs as well!!! I have found that blog directories don't work as much as when I visit others!!! 

  The Friday Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and its tons of fun to do these two memes and find tons of new friends and great blogs!!! So come and join in these two fun memes every friday!!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review-The Firebrand

The Firebrand
Highland Treasure Trilogy 
May McGoldrick
Onyx, 324 Pages
Published November 2000
Medieval/Nautical Historical Romance
ISBN: 0451409426

Adrianne Percy was hidden in the Western Isles, safe from her family's enemies - until her sisters sent a notorious pirate to return her to the Highlands. But when she hatches a plan to free her kidnapped mother, it requires her to marry the handsome rogue - and what begins as a simple matter of business quickly flares into an uncontrollable desire....As Adrianne's heart smolders, their calculated arrangement threatens to ignite into a burning passion...

My Review:

 Adrienne Percy, after her father is branded a traitor by the king from her family, is sent to one of the Western Isles, and to live with only those who would berate and demean her. Adrienne has always desired a home and a family, and having been seperated from her mother and sisters whom she loves, she has desires a place to call "home", so now she desires to leave the Isle, so when the Highlander and Pirate MacLean comes with a ship, she sneaks aboard, not realizing what the consequences would be. Then she finds herself at his home, on Maclean land, with his clan, and she convinces him to marry her for business and no pleasure. But the longer they spend time together, passions ignite between the two and both of them never expected to find such a raging flame to spark between them, and a love that never expected to experience, especially when there is secrets between the two, but will the love they share be enough for forgiveness, and to love fully?

The Hero:
Wyntoun, known also as a pirate among those that know of his exploits, for helping his people prosper. Now he has hatched a plan, to get the treasure, but in order for him to do so, it would cause him to betray the one woman that holds his heart in her hands. Wyntoun, has avoided women, even though they flock to him like sheep. But when he agrees to marry Adrienne has a temporary measure, he finds that he can't resist her charms and her lovely body and spirit that call out to him.

The Heroine:
Adrienne is a heroine that is unique and special, but has always been looked down to for her high spirited nature for freedom and a desire to belong. Adrienne has never felt like she has ever belonged anywhere, but when she comes to Wyntoun's home, she starts to make her place among his clan, yearning for accepting, aching to be able to help others and to love. So she hatches a plan, to marry Wyntoun, claiming it is for business reasons only, but she needs to give him a incentive to help save her mother.

My Thoughts:
The Firebrand is the Conclusion is the Highland Treasure Trilogy. This is the second book that I have read from this author. The first one that I read from her was Tess and the Highlander part of a Avon True Romance Teen Series (that I have to say everyone should read that series, its purely charming and witty, and definitely some of my favorite romances, great for any age!!) Anyway, let me continue on.... So The Firebrand, the title focuses on Adrienne who throughout the book is referred to a Firebrand, based on her spirited nature and temper, and boy does she have one, but it is purely charming to watch her and Wyntoun interact with one another, things surely get heated between the two, and not only just their temper (wink..wink) This story is mostly based on them, and then we get into the mystery behind Wyntoun deceiving Adrienne, although we see that it torments him all the while. This is a story with wit, suspense, romance, and the beauty of this time period that encompasses this lovely couple that learn the road of learning to trust in each others love. I just loved this book, half of the time it had me laughing, and then it had me totally entranced in this charming story.

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
The Dreamer
The Enchantress

Book Review-Surrender To A Scoundrel

Surrender To A Scoundrel
American Heiress Series
Julianne MacLean
368 Pages
Published January 2007
Victorian Historical Romance

No woman can resist him. . .

Lord Martin Langdon takes pride in his scandalous reputation as a scoundrel, and he considers the art of seduction a most rewarding pastime. So when this dashing rakehell learns of a particularly beautiful woman who is "impossible to flirt with," Martin is determined to prove that not even the prim and proper Evelyn Wheaton can resist his charms.

Except one.

Evelyn knows all about the reckless rogue's shocking reputation and she wants nothing to do with him. She may be looking for a husband, but Martin is certainly not a candidate. The smoldering looks he sends her way, however, are a different matter entirely. She suspects there is great passion to be had if she'd throw caution to the wind and surrender to this scoundrel . . . but dare she risk her heart?

And will Martin, who hides a most tormented past, find true love at last?

My Review: 

Lord Martin Langdon has great pride in his scandalous reputation that he has created for himself. Now he is a boat racer, and a competant and talented one at that, and now the race is on for who will win Evelyn Wheaton, a widow, just come out of mouring, and looking for marriage and a family. So Martin pursues the beautiful widow Evelyn, because part of him can't stand to see his rival winning the hand of her, because on the outside she seems prim, cool and proper, however he is determined to break down that barrier and find a passionate woman with dreams and desires that he plans to unravel, however he never expected to fall in love while he was doing it, or to find that she has found joy and love in his embrace and never wanting to let go, despite the pain that holds Langdon back from racing toward the greatest happiness he would ever Evelyn's arms.

The Hero 
Martin Langdon, when he a boy rescued Evelyn from the icy lake, but never received a thank you from the cool and proper Evelyn. When they were teenager Evelyn caught him being the rascal he was, pursuing anything that was open and in skirts, however now ten years later he has changed. Martin has suffered a great pain, that he has yet to grieve for. Now he is a racer, wrecked two boats that his brother bought for him, seeming to be aloof about life, however Martin is a deep and passionate man, and there is only one person that bring down his fake barriers and to help him feel once more.

The Heroine
Evelyn Wheaton, growing up admired the young boy that rescued her and saved her life, but then she catches him in bed with a maid, and her closest friend with a broken heart, and remains cool and above him, for she knows she can't afford to get hurt, because she has yet to feel love or happiness in her young life. Having to guard her heart, based on her father's poor treament of her, she has had to do everything by duty, but now a widow and out of mourning, she desires for love and a family, not knowing that she truly desires is passion and a vibrancy to live life as fully as she possibly can, and have no regrets.

My Thoughts:
Surrender To A Scoundrel is the sixth installment in the American Heiress Series that Julianne Maclean has written. I have to say that from the first to last page I was entranced by this romantic story that takes us back to the late 1800's in England. Its about a story of two young people that care for each other without fully realizing that they are destined for each other, through a twist of fate. Both the hero and heroine in this story have suffered some version of pain and suffering in their lives, and only when they come to each other and find love. I found the characters of this story to be endearing, the plot to be filled with one adventure after another, and this author has such a talent for writing memorable romantic fiction.

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms  

Other Books In The Series:
 To Marry The Duke
An Affair Most Wicked
My Own Private Hero
Love According To Lily
Portrait Of A Lover

WW28: The Firebrand

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  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
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Here Is My WW28 Offering with The Firebrand by May McGoldrick on Page 28 the first line:\
The highlander not only ignored her command, he sat back in the chair, stretching his booted legs bfore him. The muscles in his tanned face relaxed, one corner of his mouth quirking upward insolently. The rogue even had the nerve to look bored.

About The Firebrand:
Adrianne Percy was hidden in the Western Isles, safe from her family's enemies - until her sisters sent a notorious pirate to return her to the Highlands. But when she hatches a plan to free her kidnapped mother, it requires her to marry the handsome rogue - and what begins as a simple matter of business quickly flares into an uncontrollable desire....As Adrianne's heart smolders, their calculated arrangement threatens to ignite into a burning passion...

Waiting On Wednesday (18)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.This week I’m waiting on,


 Rita, a former stunt woman, can't believe she signed up to be a female Navy SEAL. She needed the signup money to pay her mother's medical bills.

Steven, a fierce Viking warrior is depressed over the "death" of his brother Thorfinn. Yep, even Vikings get the blues.

Rita can't believe she's been tossed back in time to the tenth century wearing a head-to-toe wetsuit and flippers with her face cammied up.

Steven can't believe the gods have sent him a fish woman to ease his woes. Not a beautiful mermaid, but an ugly-as-death fish.

How dare the brute put her in a cage!

How dare the wench teach his people line dancing!

Love and laughter guaranteed in this trip down Memory Lane...uh Fjord.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review-Her Officer And Gentleman

Her Officer And Gentleman
Just Ask Reeves Series
Karen Hawkins
Avon, 361 Pages
Published June 2006
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978006058414
No ordinary highwayman...

A mere whisper of the name "Gentleman James" sends chills throughout the ton (and thrills the ladies who have heard rumors of his amorous exploits). But the dashing brigand never dreamed that the passing of the father he never knew would leave him with a title, a fortune...and a mission.

No predictable lady...

Considered unmarriageable at twenty-five, Lady Elizabeth has the perfect life, happily snuggled among her beloved books while caring for her curmudgeonly grandfather. Or so she thinks until she meets Christian Llevanth, the dark and mysterious Viscount Westerville, and discovers the delicious ache of desire. Elizabeth finds herself longing for more -- more romance, more excitement, and definitely more passion. But when does "more" become "too much"?

My Review:

 Lady Elizabeth, at twenty five years of age, has yet to find herself a husband. Beth is content to live in the country with her grandfather, and among her roses and beloved books. Then her grandfather insists that she has a season in London, so she can find a husband. Beth doesn't want a husband, knowing that the only reason that she has any suitors is because of her large dowry that her grandfather has bestowed upon her, but then she meets Christian Llevanth, the Viscount Westerville, where rumors fly about him. Christian intrigues her, and Beth finds herself looking forward to their meets, and despite the fact that she isn't looking for a husband, she longs for his kisses, that throw all of her logic and reason out of the window. But there is so much more to Christian than meets the eye, especially when she figures out that he is looking into her grandfather, and knows that she must find out what he wants to know so badly about her grandfather, but will it destroy what they feel for one another?
The Hero
Christian Llevanth, even though has inherited the title of Viscount, was definitely never raised in society. He used to be a highwayman, a dashing rake that the ladies swooned over. But there is alot more to Christian than his scandalous past, and his title as "Viscount". Christian loved his mother dearly, and hated his father, but he wants to find the truth behind his mother's death, who was a innocent bystander, and didn't deserve the kind of end fate dished out to her, so Christian is determined to find out the truth, and he knows that Beth's grandfather is behind it somehow. However he never expected that it would be so difficult to get through Beth, to get to her grandfather, she is certainly a challenge he never expected, and one that he wishes was in his bed.

The Heroine
Lady Elizabeth, has always wanted a serene life, out in the countryside, with her grandfather, and her books and garden. So when she hears that her grandfather insists on her going to London for a season, she does her best to persuade him otherwise, but unfortunately is unsuccessful. Therefore she comes up with a plan to keep all the men at bay.  But then she comes across Christian, whose touch ignites her senses, and overthrows all her plans out the window for a long life on her own. Elizabeth is independent, and loves nature and being on her own, and is content to be a spinster, until she meets Christian, and now everything changes for her, especially when she figures out that he has plans for her grandfather, and Beth is determined to make sure he doesn't get what he is after.

My Thoughts
Her Officer And Gentleman is the sequel to Her Master and Commander, and I have yet to read the first one, but it turns out that I didn't need to, although after reading this one, that's next on my list for Karen Hawkins, that for sure. Her Officer and Gentleman, takes place in England, the Regency period. This is part of a duo series called "Just Ask Reeves" Reeves is their butler, and serves both brothers, which is what these two books are about. I have to be honest I did enjoy reading this book, but it took a little while to get into, and I didn't really get into it, until almost halfway through the book. I have always loved reading from Karen Hawkins, however this is probably one of my least favorite of hers, even though it was a great historical romance, and had some good attributes about it, but it just didn't click all the way for me. But what I did love about this story is the mystery and romance throughout the story. I will say that I did cry toward the end though, definitely had a emotional tie to the story, that really moved me, I just love the tender romantic endings.

My Grade On This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
Her Master And Commander


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