Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review-Beauty and The Wolf

The Beauty And The Wolf
The Cursed Princes
Marina Myles
E book
Published June 2013
233 Pages
Shifter Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-6018-3099-9
Author's Website
A Union Of Curses

Isabella Farrington’s marriage was hasty. For all her new husband’s riches, Lord Draven Winthrop is whispered about, avoided, and feared. Yet Isabella is drawn to Draven’s dark good looks, his strength, the charm he can turn on as easily as she can blink. The impoverished daughter of an Egyptologist, she knows there are rumors about her, too, and the amulet she wears. Nothing more than superstitious babble…

But when Isabella returns to Draven’s remote coastal manor, she senses there is something more at work in the grim gardens of Thorncliff Towers than superstition. Draven is passionate and seductive, but he has a brutal, uncontrolled side too, and a history of secrets. To live in peace she must discover the reasons behind a gypsy curse and a mother’s scorn. Especially when she learns Draven believes his sweet young bride is doomed to a fate even darker than his own…
My Review

When I went on Netgalley to get this copy, I was really excited, because the synopsis sounds way good, and I had heard good things about it. This is the first book by this author, that I know of, and oh boy I was IMPRESSED!!! She has been bumped up my list of favorite authors, I just wished that she had more books out, because I just thought the Beauty and the wolf was a astounding read with a intense plot and enriching characters that lifted my spirits, and made me feel alive. So its coming out this week, so when it HAVE to read this...its a MUST!!! You won't regret it.

Draven and Isabella have courted and married. Isabella didn't have much choice, with being a governess she had little option but to marry a man that is rumored to be mad. Draven had spent many years in the asylum, having thought that he was really cursed. Draven many years ago made a mistake that cost him his life and happiness. He knows that he is cursed, to spend every month under the moon, to turn into something wild and bloodthirsty. When he marries Isabella, he ends up feeling himself turn on their wedding night, and scaring her into leaving. Now two years later Isabella wants children, and with little money, goes back to her husband, so she can have security for herself and her father, and children. Only she has one problem---seduce a man that keeps resisting even though she knows he wants her. Even though Isabella knows that there is something scary and fierce about Draven, she senses something good and pure in him. There is also a part of him that terrifies her, and she doesn't know what he really is. Even though she finds herself falling in love with him, she feels that he is keeping a huge secret from her that could change their relationship. Draven is terrified into what this curse is turning him into. He feels the curse changing who he is, and now that he has found Isabella again, she represents everything good in the world, and he wants her more than air. But he wonders if this curse could destroy them both.

Draven is one of my favorite heroes, the emotional tortured kind.  I really liked his strength of character, and even though there is a wild nature to him, he also has a good heart that is very evident. I enjoyed seeing how tender and feeling he is toward Isabella. He isn't too bitter with her, more with himself. He is a bit brooding, and stubborn but I enjoyed how rich his character was, and very intense at times. Isabella isn't exactly the most trusting, but I understood her side of things. I admire her strength especially when it seemed that Draven could be pretty scary. She tended to deal with it pretty well. 

A very well written retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I found this one to be well done and in some ways very similar to the actual tale, but there were certain differences that added a certain flair of originality. One other aspect that I loved was that it was set in a historical setting--which isn't very common. I found it to be a fun setting for the plot. It does have a bit more of a Gothic edge to it, but I thought that was one of the positive elements to the story. Intensely packed filled romance with adventure, mystery, curses, dark paranormal elements and a exciting edge that will have you from beginning to end. Very Impressed!!! I can hardly wait for the second one to come out later this year!!

First Line 
I am getting married today.

Favorite Quote 
"I love you, heart and soul,"

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
Snow White and the Vampire (December 2013)

Book Review-The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton
The Burgundy Club (3)
Miranda Neville
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2011
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-202304-9
Author's Website
Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life:

Lesson One: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman...unless his request comes at gunpoint.

Lesson Two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance.

Lesson Three: If presented with an opportunity to get back at Mr. Compton, the bigger the lie, the better. A faux engagement should do nicely.

Lesson Four: Not all knowledge is found between the covers of a book. But an improper book may further your education in ways you never guessed.

And while an erotic novel may be entertaining, the real thing is even better.
My Review

I acquired this book, the third installment, from the library. Now I was a bit apprehensive about reading this since the past two books were enjoyable but didn't exactly have me hooked, in the way I like to be into a story. But I had heard great fabulous reviews about this story, so I was looking forward to it. I am delighted to say that I LOVED it! It was the type of story that completely pulls you in from the first few pages. Of late I never know if I will be into a story or not, so I was glad that this one proved to be my favorite of the series and the author so far.

It begins with Miss Celia Seaton being kidnapped and robbed by a stranger, who takes everything except for a rattle (that is her most precious possession) and her shift, no clothes, or shoes. She finds herself stranded in the country and comes along another man who has been robbed himself, but who is suffering from a case of amnesia and is the one man she despises, for he ruined her in front of society, and because of him she is destitute. So she comes up with a quick plan, to tell him that they are engaged to be married, because she believes he deserves a bit of justice. So she decides to create a new "fishy" name for him, and as they endeavor to stay one step ahead of a man who is chasing them, a desire develops and they are both caught up in the heat of the moment. When Celia starts to soften toward Tarquin, he then regains his memory, and he is more than furious. They then head to his estate, where his aunt finds them in a compromising position and he claims that they will be married. So now Celia is engaged for "Real" and she doesn't know her true feelings about her future. At first she doesn't see a need for them to be married, but she realizes that she wants to share a life with Tarquin with whom she has started to love, despite fighting her feelings for him, she can't resist him.

Celia I found to be a very amusing heroine, I was laughing so much. I loved how audacious she was, especially when dealing with Tarquin. Celia is very willful and independent, but loves to tease and play jokes, especially on a man who ruined her. I liked how she doesn't let anything discourage her, and she ends up being a very endearing character. I enjoyed seeing how she dealt with each new scenario. Tarquin is very education and intellectual, and a bit of a "fop", but despite his obsession with clothing, I grew to like him more and more, with each different circumstance when dealing with Celia. I enjoyed seeing how they connected, and even when he learns the truth and regains his memory, he doesn't fully take it out on Celia. I admired him more for that. I loved the intimacy that slowly develops and it is more gradual, but it was fun seeing these two interact and get over their misconceptions about each other.

Overall I found the third installment to be a sensational read that takes you on a variety of adventure and sensuality that is bound to tie you in knots. I enjoy the different aspects that develop for the story, and its much more than a amnesia/revenge type story--that is only the beginning. It starts out that way of course, but turns into a quite suspenseful plot and ends up forcing the reader to be on edge at times. There was also just a smooth flow to the story, that made it easy to read and keep enjoying all the way through. The intimacy that develops between the characters are fun and sexy and I found this story to be a ball of fun and adventure!!! You definitely want to put this on your watch out for list! WELL DONE!!

First Line 
"Take off your clothes."

Favorite Quote 
"We never kissed," Celia said. 
"No," she said. "You always treated me with the greatest respect."
Instead of relief he felt an irrational indignation. "It sounds to me like I was--am--a prig."
She looked up and her gray eyes seemed huge and bright. "I wanted you to kiss me," She said. 
An invitation he ought to resist. Just one kiss, he reasoned. To refuse would be to insult a lady.
"I'll give you a thousand kisses," he croaked just before he completely lost his senses and toppled her to the ground. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
The Wild Marquis
The Dangerous Viscount
Confessions from an Arranged Marriage 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Short Book Review-Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf
Shifter Unbound (4.6)
Jennifer Ashley
E Book Novella
Published April 2013
151 Pages
Shape Shifter Romance
ISBN: 978-1-101-61574-4
Author's Website

Ellison Rowe, a Lupine Shifter, makes it his goal to protect Maria, once held captive by ferals, from male Shifters looking for mates. He likes Maria's resilience and fire, but she's been broken, and Ellison wants more than anything to heal her. When a new danger threatens Shiftertown's cubs, Maria partners with Ellison to stop a cold-blooded criminal.
My Review 

I have such a love for this author and especially her newest series--Shifters Unbound. From the first book I fell in love. I think this series is one of my top paranormal favorites. There is such a magical way that Ashley displays in her writing that captivates the reader, and every time I pick a book up I know I will have a good time. Lone Wolf is Ellison's story, which I have been waiting on for quite some time. Total bad ass cowboy, that is not afraid of anything or anyone. It was great seeing a more intimate side of him, and get a look into what makes him 'tick'. He has a certain attraction to Maria, who has recently arrived, after being rescued from feral shifters. Her past is murky, and her emotions unstable and lives in constant fear, but we see as their relationship becomes more solid that she starts to become more independent, and is working her way to living her life instead of just existing. I enjoyed seeing the way this couple falls in love, and there was quite a bit of  conflict that added a sense of excitement and a unique flair of romance that completely makes you fall in love instantly with Ellison and Maria. Even though its a novella, it was very well done, and it didn't feel too rushed or short in any way, I felt it was perfectly balanced of sensuality, adventure, suspense, and a sweet love story that will bring a tear to your eye. A WINNER OF A READ!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
Pride Mates
Primal Bonds
Wild Cat
Hard Mated
Mate Claimed
Tiger Magic
Feral Heat
Wild Wolf

Lucky Number Four Cover Reveal BLITZ

Lucky Number four
Amanda Jason

Pandora Ann Phillips’ life is just normal-crazy.

Her mom’s psychic, her dad’s mom is a snob, her mom’s parental units are ‘too down to earth’ and her best friends are newlyweds. Okay, so her best friends being newlyweds isn’t really abnormal, but living with them in a cramped two-bedroom apartment definitely is. Sex, sex, sex, is totally on their brains. Actually, it’s not only on their brains, but it’s on the kitchen table, couch, on top of the washer…well, you get the picture.

Being a celibate (not by choice, mind you) full-time college student, and working as an almost full-time barista, Pandora can’t afford to lose anymore sleep. So, she decides to seek out a new place to lay her head. Enter three ‘drool worthy’ guy models that are looking for a fourth roommate, and they want her…and won’t take no for an answer.

Romantic hilarity ensues as Pandora’s life turns completely upside down, and she begins to wonder if it will ever be the same again!

About The Author 
Amanda Jason is the pen name for Carol Kunz’s adult romance novels. She is the C part of the
mother and son author duo, C.A. Kunz. The name Amanda Jason actually has a special meaning to Carol because it is a tribute to the set of twins she lost many years ago. Carol began her dream of writing when her son, Adam, asked her to write a young adult fantasy novel back in 2011. She couldn’t have been happier to embark on this wonderful journey into the literary world with her son because it was #1 on her bucket list.

Carol currently lives in sunny Florida with her hubby and her two four-legged fur babies. She takes comfort in the fact that her amazing daughter and son live close by. When she isn’t writing, you can find her walking her yellow Lab or reading a good book. “Lucky Number Four” is the debut novel of Amanda Jason, and it’s been a long time coming.

 Author Links 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Short Book Review-Highland Enchantment

Highland Enchantment
Highland Brides (6)
Lois Greiman
Published April 1999
378 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-380-80366-6
Author's Website
As children three cousins made a wish for true love upon a magical dragon amulet, little realizing how daring their destinies would be as Highland Brides

Rachel Forbes had never wed, for none compared to Liam, the love of her childhood. But Rachel was high-born and Liam an orphan, so marriage was impossible. Now grown, a chance meeting unites Rachel with the man of her heart, and it seems their destinies are entwined once more, for Liam is her rescuer and she must keep him by her side if she is to stay alive.

Liam is tempted beyond all reason by Rachel. She has the eyes of a saint, the smooth skin of a princess . . . and lips he cannot resist kissing. He knows he has no name or family to offer --- but given the eternity he has endured without her, does he dare risk the consequences of claiming her innocence and promising her a lifetime of love?
My Review 
I haven't read much of this author, but I have read a couple, so I was hoping this would be a fun read, and I found I really liked it for the most part. It took a little while to get into, but once I did, I started to enjoyed the story. I liked the way the author takes the plot with the interesting variety of unique twists to the plot that gave it a certain dramatic flair. There is a bit of a paranormal aspect, that wasn't overly done, and it felt like it flowed smoothly along with the story line. The characters were lively and fun to see them interact. It takes places back in the early 1500's, so we see a side of a culture that proved evident that the author did some good research (which is a vital factor when writing historical's). There was such a witty and sensual side to Greiman's writing that made the story become alive. I enjoyed seeing the way this story is put together in such a way that it can appeal to any romantic heart. I lively read that can be enjoyed for the summer time. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.

First Line 
Lighting forked across the inky sky, slamming white light through the tower's arrow slits. 

Favorite Quote 
"Tis not meant to be."
She was breathing hard and fast and refused to understand him. "What is not?"
"This," he rasped.
But just then their fingers inadvertently brushed. 
The fire just doused was renewed. 
Liam clenched his jaw, and, seeming unable to help himself, he snatched her hand and moved toward the wagon. She could do nothing but follow him. Wanted to do nothing but follow him, to feel him pressed against her, to hear her name on his lips.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
Highland Jewel
Highland Flame
Highland Wolf
The Lady and the Knight
The Highland Scoundrel
Highland Hawk

Book Review-Once He Loves

Once He Loves
Medieval (3)
Sara Bennett
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2003
374 Pages
Medieval Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-06-051970-3
Author's Website

Legendary English knight de Vessey is entranced by the golden voice of a beautiful singer entertaining the guests. Standing in for his liege lord at a nobleman's great hall, he can't take his eyes off her. Who is this angel who melts his sadness with song, filling the proud, haunted knight with warmth and a tender longing he never thought to experience again? The inviting look she gives him is too tempting to resist. And so he falls ...


At last Briar will have her vengeance on the man responsible for her family's ruin! Though unschooled in the ways of seduction, she will steal the handsome blackguard's heart, thus destroying his sworn affections for another. But after a night of intense passion, she discovers de Vessey is merely the emissary of her enemy. And now that she has known ecstasy in his arms --- and awakened both the gentleness and fire within him --- it is Briar who is undone, torn between her aching hunger for justice ... and her all-consuming desire for a love that must not be!
My Review

When I first picked this up, I was really looking forward to it, since I do love a romance set in something different from the regency era. And I have just enjoyed Sara Bennett's books in the past. My main concern was I had issues with the heroine...I just never liked her much through most of it, the hero was way more approachable and I found I was drawn to him.

Briar and her two sisters have been on her own since their father was claimed to be a traitor. Briar has done everything possible to protect her family. She has had to sacrifice herself and has only come out burned. She doesn't trust any man. One night while singing in a Hall, she meets Ivo de Vessey whom she believes at first is the one responsible for their circumstances. So her plan is to seduce him, and then when he trusts her, to hurt him as much as he has hurt her family. After a surprisingly sensual night together, she learns that he is not who she thought. She feels at a loss, now having caught the attention of a gentle knight who is enamored with her. Ivo is a disgraced knight, by no fault of his own, but his brother who despises him. Ivo has gone through the world and is afraid of losing his heart to another woman, until he meets Briar, who stirs his blood and makes him believe that they could have a chance, if only Briar would learn to trust in their love.

Ivo is one of those knights that you want by your side. Even though he hasn't has the best of luck, he has some powerful friends that know how loyal and trustworthy he is. I really enjoyed what strong character he had. He was so patient with Briar, when I wanted to string her up a tree at times and throw her into the ocean. Ivo was very romantic and never took Briar too literally, he seemed to understand her fears and it was interesting seeing his manner with her. Ivo won me over from the first few chapters. Now Briar, I had a difficulty with. I could never get to the point where I liked her. She seemed to take away much from the story. I think it could have been better if Briar hadn't been so bitter and offended at every turn. No matter what Ivo did or said, it was a major fight for her. She was very confrontary, and always looking for a fight at times. Frankly she was annoying and I was constantly frustrated with this character. I admired Ivo for his patience with her.

Even though this is my least favorite from this author, I do want to read the first two in the series, since we see one of Ivo's friends (his is the first book in the series), and I loved how he and his wife have a positive involvement. I found that despite me not liking the heroine in any way, and even though she took a major enjoyment of the story, there were other aspects of the story that were enjoyable. I really liked how the plot plays out, and the way there is a bit of a mystery and a danger aspect to the story that only adds to it. A story that doesn't exactly stir you up, but is one that you can enjoy at times.

My Grade 
3 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
The Lily and the Sword
The Rose and the Shield
Kissing the Bride

WWW Wednesday (4) Waiting On Wednesday (60)

Hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate in this feature, you just have answer these three simple questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading 
Highland Enchantment-I just started reading this. It is about two people that are destined to be, but fear may destroy them----So excited to read it. :)

What Did you Recently Finish Reading?
Once He Loves-Sara Bennett, Not my favorite of this author--I had a huge issue with the heroine, but I loved the hero though. He was a good one.

The Norse King's Daughter-A Viking historical romance--that was a hoot of a ride, once you get used to the wording and the slang of the time, a thrilling adventure.

What Do You Think You'll Read Next 
The Naked Duke-A love story that is set in the Regency Era-where two people end up in a marriage of convenience.
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton--is the third in the series, one I have really enjoy so far. So I am excited to see how much I will like this one, especially after the high ratings.

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, Coming Out July 2013

Lachann MacMillan's watched his older brother, the laird of his clan, find a passionate marriage, but he suffers no illusions that his path will be the same--especially as the woman he loved was stolen from him years ago. He's ready to leave his homeland and make his mark. He'll even enter into a passionless marriage to the daughter of the Laird of Kilogorra if it means a chance at his own land…and leaving behind his painful memories. A simple enough plan until he meets Anna MacIver, a mere serving maid with the face of an angel who ignites a fire in him that is anything but angelic.

Anna has been a lowly servant in her uncle, the Laird of Kilogorra's home, since her mother died years ago. She has no envy for her cousin's matrimonial fate as observation of has taught her that freedom--no matter the serving chains--is far more precious that being under the command of a husband. But when Lachlann arrives to marry Anna's cousin, she finds herself longing for something she never knew she wanted. Together the maid and the highlander may find that some things are worth having, no matter the cost.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review-The Norse King's Daughter

The Norse King's Daughter
 Viking I (10)
Sandra Hill
Mass Market Paperback
Published October 2011
349 Pages
Viking Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-167351-1
Author's Website
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Princess Scorned!

Princess Drifa can certainly see whySidroc Guntersson is a living legend--on battlefield and in bedchamber both.But the King of Stoneheim's willful daughter pitches a royal fit when she learns of the true reason for the virile Viking's passionate attentions.A third-born son with no hope of inheriting the family jarldom, scheming Sidroc must marry and is interested in Drifa only for her father's land and money. The barbarian is lucky she just crack shim on his fool head with a pottery pitcher!

Five years later, Drifa needs Sidroc's protection--in Byzantium, no less!--though revenge holds more appeal for this man she left for dead.'Tis a pity two such perfect enemies match each other so well, passion for passion.So much so that the bold Viking berserkeris soon thinking marriage again . . .only this time it will be on his terms!
My Review

I have always had such a fun time reading this author, especially when it involves her time travel books, so I was a bit surprised to find that this one didn't have one ounce of time travel. A historical set in the Dark Ages. I will warn you that the viking slang does take some getting used to, and is probably the reason I had a trying time getting into it at first, but once I fully adjusted I started to really enjoy it, and it was hard to put down at times. There was such a chemistry between Drifa and Sidroc, and even though they are almost at each others throats quite a bit, there is also much more to their relationship.

Sidroc Guntersson has recently lost his wife, and so his baby daughter needs him. Sidroc is very insistent that she survive. His father would like nothing better than to toss her out on the doorstep, but Sidroc knows that he will need to remarry in order to gain wealth he needs and a mother for his child. So when he hears that King of Stoneheim still has one daughter unmarried, he decides to try to court her and marry her. Princess Drifa at first is enamored with Sidroc, he is handsome and charming, and makes her warm all over, so she decides to accept his suit, until she learns that all he needs her for is for his daughter and for the money he would attain if he were to marry her. So she swings a pitcher across his head, and it ends up doing quite a bit of damage and he is unconscious for six weeks. He wakes to find Drifa gone with her sisters on a trip so he ends up leaving to go after his daughter only to find her gone so he leaves to build a new life for himself. Drifa is enraged when she hears of Sidroc's plot, but when she hears of his infant daughter, she decides to go after her and bring her back to Sidroc. When she returns she learns he is gone, and endeavors to find him. Now its been five years, and when she heads down to Byzantium, and is shocked to find him again. Now their mutual passion for each other has risen, and despite danger surrounding them at every turn, it will taking fully trust to defeat those that would tear them apart.

Sidroc is your typical viking, arrogant, confident, too good looking for his own good, and loves a beautiful woman in his bed. I found him to be very believable and fully authentic and so HOT you will need a fan to cool yourself down. Drifa I found to be a very endearing heroine, and I liked her immediately, and she has such courage and tenacity that is very admirable. She doesn't back down from Sidroc and I enjoyed seeing the chemistry build between the two characters.

I found this one to be a fun and adventurous tale that takes you back to the Viking Era, and shows a more sensual side to that time. I enjoyed the in depth characters, and the fun humor that keeps you laughing from beginning to end. I will warn you that the slang can be a bit much but if you give it time, you adjust to it, and it becomes a entertaining and enough intense conflict with the plot to keep you on edge at times. SATISFYINGLY ENJOYABLE!!!

First Line 
Toss the babe in the Fjord. Or leave it on the cliff. Either way, the whelp will be dead afore morn. "

Favorite Quote
"Sidroc, you are a beast in bed, and you make me do bad things and I like them, and insult me way too often, and your teasing tongue is not amusing by half, but you are a good man,"

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
The Reluctant Viking
The Outlaw Viking
The Tarnished Lady
The Bewitched Viking
The Blue Viking
My Fair Viking
Tale of Two Vikings
Viking In Love 
The Viking Takes A Knight 

Avenging Angel Book Release Blitz

Avenging Angel
Cynthia Eden
The Fallen (4)
With a messed up family background and a tendency to grow claws and fangs, Tanner Chance isn’t exactly the boy next door. But he’s a decent cop, and he keeps himself on the side of the good guys. Convenient, because when he rescues a survivor of a horrific shifter attack he finds himself instantly smitten—with an honest-to-goodness angel, as innocent as she is irresistible.
Marna may be angelic, but she’s not stupid or weak. She can take care of herself. Tanner is more temptation than protection anyway. Or so she thinks, until someone wearing her face starts taking out some of New Orleans’ more unsavory paranormals. With police and predators both gunning for her blood, Marna has no choice but to trust Tanner…even though what’s sparking between them is hotter than anything holy.
Book Links

 About The Author
USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Its Monday! What Are You Reading (44)

This is a great weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. We simply post what we finished reading over the the last week, what we plan on reading this week, etc .

Books I Read This Past Week 
In Scandal They Wed
When She Said I Do
Lover Be Mine 
Once Upon A Tower
Her Master's Voice
The Secret Life of Lady Julia
Surrender To The Earl
Dream Lake

Currently Reading 
Coming up Next To Read This Week


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book Review-In Scandal They Wed

In Scandal They Wed
The Penwhich School For Virtuous Girls (2)
Sophie Jordan
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2010
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-157921-9
Author's Website
 What kind of woman would marry a man she only just met?

The kind with nothing to lose.

Long ago, Evelyn Cross sacrificed her good name, her freedom, and any hope for love. Now, in the remote English countryside, she struggles to survive and avoid the scandal threatening to destroy all she holds dear . . . until a sinfully handsome viscount arrives on her doorstep, offering marriage, salvation, and tempting her with so much more . . .

What kind of man would marry a woman he only just met?

The kind bound by duty.

Fresh from war, Spencer Lockhart returns home to claim his title and right the wrong his cousin perpetrated upon Evelyn Cross. In need of a wife, his marrying her is a small price to pay for duty. But when he meets her, the fiery chit is not what he expects to find in a ruined lady. As desire flares hotly between them, honor is the last thing on his mind . . .

What kind of man and woman would marry when they've only just met?

The kind who could ignite a scandal with just one touch
My Review

Every time I get a chance to read from Sophie Jordan I find myself in for one hell of a ride of a story. I always know that it will be easy to read and I will be thoroughly entertained. Even though I enjoyed this one, there was just something I felt was missing. It was very easy and a quick read, which is the norm for Jordan's book. But I felt like there wasn't much of a "romance", I wish there had been a bit more development between the couple. The end seemed a bit rushed, however I would slightly recommend this, just it wouldn't be at the top of my list of favorites of this author.

Evie is one of the three girls where they formed a friendship at the Penwhich school for girls, which was misery in and of itself. Her father sent her there when she was a girl. Now after returning from Barbados, where she was almost attacked and raped, she knows that she will have to sacrifice everything for her sister, who is the only one in her family that loves her. When her sister Linnie gives birth to a son, with the father a soldier and serving elsewhere, she is about to lose her child. So Evie claims the child as her own, and is to be taken to the countryside and will claim to be a widow. Four years have passed since, and Nicholas, she considers to be her own, especially since Linnie died shortly after giving birth. Then she meets Spencer Lockhart, who claims to be the cousin of Nicholas' father and Linnie's lover. AT first she is resistant to him, but when he proposes marriage and a life of security and opportunity for her son, she is more than willing. At first she is afraid of his reaction to the truth, but the lie starts to eat away at her, and when her feelings for him start to slowly change into love, she knows she must tell him everything. But she wonders when the truth comes out will he still care about her, or will she lost him completely?

Spencer has retired from the army, since his brothers death, he knows it is up to him to take responsibility to the title that rests on his shoulders. He is still grieving for his cousin who was his close friend, and has dreamed for years of "Linnie". Spencer is a bit arrogant, very sexual, and I had a hard time liking him for most of the book, until the end, he started to become a bit likable. So he was not my favorite, especially in his treatment of Evie, who I think has a heart of gold. Evie, has sacrificed everything for her family, and they still treat her like dirt. Spencer isn't much different, its all about sex for him, whereas Evie wishes for something more in their relationship. I loved how strong willed she is, and doesn't back down and demands respect for herself...I love seeing her develop some good backbone especially to her parents in the end. (they totally deserved it). I found something lacking in their relationship.

Overall this was my least favorite of Sophie Jordan so far. I was very surprised that I didn't like it more. I found it to be a bit brutal for Jordan's style. I didn't really like it all that much, there were some good factors involved, but I felt like there was some substance missing from it. I felt like there could have been more development in their relationship, and I didn't see how they went from sex and hating each other, to madly in love. It just didn't fit for me completely. Disappointed, but plan on reading more from this author, since I know I have just loved her other books.

My Grade 
3 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
Sins of a Wicked Duke
Wicked Nights With A Lover  

Book Review-When She Said I Do

When She Said I Do
Worthington (1)
Celeste Bradley
St Martins
Mass Market Paperback
Published February 2013
402 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-250-01612-6
Author's Website
From bestselling author Celeste Bradley comes the tantalizing tale of a beauty and a beast, bound together by fate, fortune, and desire...

Angel's Sin

Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house’s reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a fiery demon of a man who demands that Callie pay for the necklace…with her innocence.

Devil's Bargain

When he first lays eyes on the beautiful trespasser, Ren mistakes her for an angel. But when he realizes Callie is a thief, he strikes a bargain she cannot refuse. She must take his hand in marriage and pay him back in full: one night of passion for each stolen pearl. But when Callie surrenders to his desires—night after wicked night—he awakens something deep inside of her. Something powerful and passionate. Like a fairy tale come true, the monster she married has become the man she loves…when she said I do.
My Review 

I do love a good Beauty and the Beast theme like story, and this one I would put at the top of my list of favorites. Its the type of story that instantly draws you in and its pretty hard to put down. I do love a story that is easy to get into, but difficult to let go of. This is the first that I have read from this author. I saw the cover and read the blurb, and with no regrets picked it up, knowing I would probably regret it if I didn't. When She Said I Do is pretty close to the beauty and the beast fairy tale. But it also has its own unique tale that sets it apart as well.

When Callie along with her parents and her brother end up nearly drowning in the river when their carriage goes down, they find a huge mansion that she assumes is abandoned. When she gets the rest of her family settled, dressed in only her underclothes, she decides to explore a bit. She finds every room abandoned, and then she comes across a magnificent pearl necklace, and then gets caught red handed by a big man, with half of his face scarred. Caught in a compromising position, her brother and the Mr. Ren Porter end up in a duel and then Callie claims that they will be married. So Callie finds herself married and in a agreement with Mr. Porter, one in which she will share his bed for each stolen pearl. Callie is instantly drawn into this game of seduction, where Ren teaches her the true meaning of desire and surrender. What Callie doesn't expect is to find herself falling in love with her husband, one who protects his heart with a iron shield. It will take more than Callie ever expected to melt the iron around his heart, and to keep him forever.

Ren has recently recovered from a near fatal attack, where he was punctured in the chest, and as such was told that he will die soon from the injuries. As a spy for his country, he has retired, and doesn't trust anyone, at least until Callie comes along. When he finds Callie, a beautiful siren, who ironically ends up as his wife, he is determined to keep her as long as he possibly can. Ren is a very virile and alpha type male. He is very proud and can be paranoid at times, considering his previous life. I found myself really enjoy the type of character Ren turned out to be. He just made me want to melt. Callie is a very unique heroine. She isn't all that fearful of her new husband, despite his commanding presence and his scars, she starts to see beneath the surface. I loved how she never treats him less because of what has happened to her. I admired her creativity in trying to gain Ren's trust, and making the mansion into a home. There is such a strong intimate connection that is very intense at times. You might need a fan to cool ya down a bit at times during this story.

Overall I found this story to be a delight and a very sensual take on Beauty and the Beast. I have to say for the first time reading this author, I am already going to add the rest of her books on my wish list, I loved her that much!!! There is such a delightful mix of sensuality and witty humor that captivates the reader. Its unconventional at times, but it has a certain uniqueness that only adds to the wonderfully crafted tale of passion, adventure, intrigue and a tender love story that is bound to steal your heart, that will make anyone believe in a happily ever after.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
And Then Comes Marriage

Lusting For Covers (80) A Rake's Midnight Kiss

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It Takes A Lady

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception—until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...

To Catch A Thief

Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish façade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure..

Saturday, May 25, 2013

ARC Book Review-Lover Be Mine

Lover be Mine
Legendary Lovers (2)
Nicole Jordan
Ballantine Books
E Book
Published May 28 2013
400 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 8-0-345-52530-7
Author's Website
As the wickedly seductive Wilde cousins seek true love by taking a page from history’s legendary love stories, Lord Jack Wilde plays a determined Romeo courting an enchanting Juliet.

The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns that her masked gentleman is devilishly scandalous Lord Jack, a member of the captivating Wilde clan — and a man she’s forbidden to acknowledge. But when Jack begins a breathtaking seduction, Sophie can barely resist.

Jack never imagined that the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy would awaken such fierce passion within him—until one unforgettable kiss changes his mind forever. Soon, Jack is hell-bent on winning Sophie’s hand, going so far as to abduct her to save her from marrying a rival nobleman. Determined to woo Sophie and her unyielding parents, Jack is faced with the one decision he’d sworn never to make. The secret heir to a prince, Jack has spurned his royal heritage for years . . . but for Sophie he’ll risk all to turn a legacy of heartbreak into love ever after.
My Review

When I had been given the ARC by Edelweiss and Ballantine Books, I was thrilled because even though I haven't read this author in a long while, I have enjoyed her in the past. I had also read some very positive reviews, that made me excited to read this story. It is definitely a bit more intense than I expected. It is based on the tale of Romeo and Juliet...only this time it actually has a happy ending (which is a requirement for any book I read) But this couple does have a bit of a bumpy road before they get to the roses and daisies.

From the beginning it starts out with Jack, who is known as a rake, but is also part of a family that is practically at war with Sophie's family. Jack's cousin, is on a mission to convince him that Sophie is his mate and as such he needs to pursue her. At first he thinks she is crazy, but there is a certain connection from their first kiss, at a masquerade ball, where Sophie's passions are awakened and desire for a man that should be her enemy, is far from it. Sophie has a duty to her parents, who are financially struggling if it wasn't for her aunt. So a marriage proposal from a titled lord is what her father desires for her. But when Jack consistently pursues her ina way that she finds it hard to resist...from Jack climbing up the wall to her room, to meeting in secret for sensual rendezvous, she knows that she is in trouble of falling hard for him, especially when she knows that it isn't possible to have a future with him. Her father blames the Wilde's for quite a bit, and has hardened his heart. So Jack is forced to take desperate measures when Sophie finds herself engaged to a man that would bore her to tears. Now Sophie will have to decide what is more important: her obligation to her family, or her love and passion with Jack.

Jack is very unlike most heroes you usually see. Even though he is rumored to be a rake, he is far from it. He is very protective of others, has many vulnerabilities and there is so much depth to Jack, I fell in love with him from the beginning, I so wish I could have traded places with Sophie, I would love to have Jack as my own---sexy, protective, loyal, involved in helping others in need, and a fighter for the woman he loves. Jack isn't resistant to love like most heroes of this era, he is willing to give their relationship a fighting chance to succeed. Sophie I found to be very likable, even if she could have had a bit more spin when it came to Jack. But I understood her reasons, her family is everything to her. I admired her devotion to them and her desire to sacrifice for them, but it was fun seeing her change into a fighter for both her family and the man she loves. It was interesting to see the slow change in her, and I loved seeing the development in both Jack and Sophie. There was so much depth to these characters, and seeing the side characters added to the story in a delightful way.

There were so many things that I liked about this story, and I can't think of anything major that I didn't like. There was so much to LOVER BE MINE that made for a strong and sensational story...that reminded me of why I love romance novels so much. Even though I haven't read the first one in the series, I didn't feel lost or anything, it was easy to catch on, and I wasn't ever lost. The plot was fun and I enjoyed how it followed the play of Romeo and Juliet---even the whole climbing up the tower to talk to Sophie-I do love a hero who has more stubbornness than sense--makes it more exciting and unique. I love the wide variety of emotions that were displayed through the story, that only made it more vivid and almost real. Such a powerful driven story of passion, love and deep emotion that will blow you away!!!

First Line 
Her beauty held a uncommon allure, much to his regret. 
 Favorite Quote 
"Don't go yet," The intensity in his tone surprised even him. 
"I must."
"At least allow me a better kiss."
When she hesitated, he rose to his feet. 
As he gazed down at her, those lovely blue eyes locked with his again and something primitive arced between them. 
Something heated and alive. 
Shivering, she took a step backward, but Jack tightened his fingers around hers, his resolve renewed. 
If this one kiss would determine his fate, he intended to make it unforgettable.   

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 

Other Books In Series 
Princess Charming 

On My Wishlist (49)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

His heart is unavailable.

Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him…

Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson’s infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.

That is, if David will agree to teach her.

Past mistakes have convinced David he’ll make a terrible husband, though he’ll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind. As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured…provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.

A Peaceful Warrior
The dashing young Laird of the Forbes clan can finally bring a generations-old feud to an end -- by returning the long-lost daughter of his dying enemy to Scottish soil. But the discovery that the vanished child perished in infancy seventeen years earlier threatens Leith's mission -- unless he can fool the ailing chieftain with a beautiful impostor.

An Unspoiled Beauty
At first, lovely and spirited Rose Gunther is incensed by the arrogant Scotsman who whisks her away from her English convent. But protest as she might, Rose is helpless to resist the handsome warrior -- whose sensuous touch promises a different kind of heaven. And soon even a perilous deception seems but a small price to pay to savor fully the sweet, forbidden nectar of Leith's love.

One naughty little masquerade can't hurt…

Unladylike Behavior

Frances Hadley has managed her family’s estate for years. So why can’t she request her own dowry? She’ll have to go to London herself and knock some sense into the men interfering in her life. With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman. A pair of breeches and a quick chop of her red curls, and she’ll have much less to worry about…

Jack Valentine, third son of the famous Duchess of Love, is through being pursued by pushy young ladies. One particularly determined miss has run him out of his own house party. Luckily the inn has one bed left—Jack just has to share with a rather entertaining red-headed youth. Perhaps the two of them should ride to London together. It will make a pleasant escape from his mother’s matchmaking melodrama!

Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he's anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn't love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.


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