Well, since life is throwing a lot at me these days I'm posting six more quickie reviews and this will most likely be my regular format for the time being until I get over this busy time. Not forever, but I seem to be enjoying reading these days much more than writing, so... c'est la vie.
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
Ash Turner has waited a
lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family-and now the
time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his
place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with
the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to
a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who's
stolen her fortune and her father's legacy-the man she's been ordered
to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new
duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and
Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties-and the tantalizing
promise of passion....
My first book by this author, I downloaded it on kindle because of all the talk of how great it was. It's nominated for the RITA and all that, so I had to see what it was all about. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'm the odd one out in regard to it. I just
didn't feel the love for Unveiled. Maybe it's because I'm
not a huge fan of revenge themes nor of self-sacrificing types who
are much too saintly - this book had both. I grew tired of it early on. Maybe it's
me, but the lengthy deception of Margaret's, disguised as a nurse
instead of the daughter of the dying duke seemed interminable. Ash's instant
attraction to her was just so unbelievable and boring for me, despite the fact he is her adversary. Yes, yes there was a lot of inner turmoil and
self-analysis and ultimate realization that "Gee, I guess I really don't have to be a martyr to find fulfillment!" But by that point, at the end I'd already grown bored with it all, for it was all too obvious what needed to be done on their parts. I
just wanted the book to end already and have them admit their love and to hell with their family obligations! I found it more frustrating than anything else, although I liked Ash's brothers and am looking forward to their books. I loved Milan's novella, Unlocked which is about Margaret's friend with the horsey laugh. An endearing story that was 4 1/2 stars. I don't normally like novellas, but this was an exception, a worthwhile quick read on kindle.
London's Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch
A determined young
lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance - but
when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?
The ton gossips call him "Saint" - but the Marquis of St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel.
Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs-but the strikingly
beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage,
and he heads the board of trustees. Evie is determined to teach the
charming, arrogant man a lesson in compassion, but it won't be so
easy-especially since his touch is setting her desire aflame, making
Evie yearn to submit to his passionate instruction...
of joining in her "project" is unthinkable, but this enchantress refuses
to give up! So what else is there for a self-respecting rake to do but
seduce the lady? Yet soon it is he who is being seduced by Evie's tender
heart and fiery blushes. Could the temptation of long, passionate
nights in her arms bring about the impossible? Could the disreputable
Saint at long last be reformed?
know how Suzanne Enoch does it, but I went from loathing this scoundrel
of a hero, Saint Aubyn, to loving him by the end. There's something
about him that was so awful, yet he was so damned sexy and outrageous,
no wonder Evie couldn't resist him. The first half of the book dragged
and the entire orphanage storyline was blah and then the kidnapping scenario when Evie locks Saint in the dungeon was unbelievably
far-fetched, yet it did bring life to the story and the second half was
much better than the first. Nice proposal scene too. I can't understand it, but I wound up loving this book!
The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander
Widowed Julia, Lady
Winterset, has inherited a book—a very shocking book—that every
gentleman in London seems to want. For a charismatic businessman, it's a
chance to build an empire. For a dashing novelist, it could guarantee
fame. But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything...
Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can't let the obstinate Julia release
the shameless memoir that could ruin his family's name. But the only way
to stop her may be equally sordid—if far more pleasurable. For his
rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book.
And Harrison isn't the sort to back away from a competition with the
stakes this high. Now the winner will claim both the scandalous memoirs
and the heart of their lovely owner...
I really enjoyed this
romance which is the prequel to another book I loved, His Mistress by Christmas. This is a fun Victorian historical about of an aristocratic widow in need of funds who decides to publish her
g-grandmother's scandalous memoirs. In so doing, she winds up fending
off the attentions of three different men who want the memoirs for their
own particular reasons. Of course, the stuffiest, stodgiest and - most
good looking of them all - captures her heart. Humor, passion and some
deliciously awkward moments. Loved it! Much better than I thought it
would be based on the mixed reviews I've read. I enjoyed her g-grandmother's ghostly pep talks as well!
The Snake the Crocodile & the Dog by Elizabeth Peters (audio)
The delightful seventh
adventure for popular heroine Amelia Peabody. The 19th-century
Egyptologist and her dashing husband, Emerson, return to Amarna, where
they first fell in love. When Emerson is kidnapped, Amelia must rescue
her husband, find the culprit, and save her marriage.
very much enjoyed this installment of the further adventures of Amelia
Peabody. Amelia and Emerson are on their own in Egypt (sans
Ramses) and, as usual, someone is trying to harm them. Now an old
married couple, Amelia longs for the early days of their courtship. All
I can say is, be careful for what you wish for - you just might get it!
Lo and behold, Emerson is kidnapped and when he is finally found he has
amnesia and has no memory of ever meeting Amelia - much less marrying
her! As Amelia copes with this new (but very much like the old) Emerson,
they try to determine who is after them and why. Much humor (Ramses
letters to his parents are hilarious) and I very much enjoyed the
character of Cyrus Vandergelt, their American friend. Barbara Rosenblat, as usual, is Amelia Peabody, she is one of the best readers out there in the audiobook world! All her voices, whether it's Amelia, Emerson, Cyrus or Ramses - great, great, great!
The Bridal Season by Connie Brockway
Letty Potts has gotten
into a few fixes in her twenty-five years, but this is her worst
predicament yet. A petty schemer by necessity, the struggling music hall
performer has decided to go straight. But after narrowly escaping the
wrath of her partner in crime, she finds herself at Paddington Station
with nothing but the gown she's wearing ... and another woman's train
ticket clutched in her hand. Now masquerading as the redoubtable "Lady
Agatha," of Whyte Wedding Celebrations, Letty arrives in the backwater
burg of Little Bidewell, where she is to arrange the nuptials of a young
Amid the dizzying whirl of pre-wedding
festivities, nobody suspects Letty's secret ... except the sensual and
aristocratic Sir Elliot March. A war hero who has forsworn love, Elliot
senses something decidedly amiss about this outspoken young woman. Yet
she awakens a passionate yearning he'd thought was lost to him forever.
And soon a desperate masquerade embroils them both in a web of scandal
and danger as Letty's past catches up with her - threatening their
lives ... and a love without peer.
entertaining and different Victorian historical, not your run of the
mill... Letty Potts, an actress, finds herself in the unusual role of
impersonating Lady Agatha Whyte, a wedding planner who has run off to
get married to a Frenchman. Picking up the reins (against her own
better judgment) she enters into the role of wedding planner with gusto,
orchestrating a high society wedding in the remote village of Little
Bidewell, in Northumberland. This serves her purposes just fine, for
she is in hiding from her ruthless ex-boyfriend and former partner in
crime, Nick Sparkles. Having dabbled in a many a con game with Nick,
she wants no more part in his schemes. Little does she know that while
in Little Bidewell she meets the man of her dreams - Sir Elliot March.
Tall, dark and handsome - he's also the local constable. Uh-oh. Will
he be able to see past her beauty and vivacious personality and realize
she's really a fake? What will happen when he learns the woman he's
falling in love with is a liar who has hurt not only him, but the rest
of Little Bidewell? A quirky and fun Connie Brockway romance that kept my interest until the very
The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory
Lydia Bedford-Browne's small rebellion becomes the adventure of her
life, when her coach crashes and leaves her stranded on the treacherous
Dartmoor with the only other passenger: a rugged, disarmingly attractive
Texan named Sam Cody. Sam's slow, melodic drawl and dark, hypnotic eyes
tempt Lydia in ways she never thought possible. But dare the lord's
daughter loosen her proper English restraints any further?
luck has caused the dashing American millionaire to miss his own wedding
to an unforgiving bride...for the second time! Worse still,he's stuck in
the middle of nowhere with a straight-laced noble beauty. But there is
an unmistakable spark of courage, sensuality, and wild passion beneath
Liddy's prim exterior, daring Sam to pursue even further what his heart
and his soul now desperately desire - even though both the Texan's and
the lady's vastly different worlds will be rocked if they dare surrender
winner by Ivory with an endearing hero and heroine. Sam and Liddy make
a great pair. The book is broken up into two parts. Part one takes
place as Sam, a cowboy from Texas at the turn of the century and Liddy,
the aristocratic daughter of a viscount, are lost together on the
Dartmoor in England for four days - and nights. Much happens as they get to know one another intimately
(the peeing sequence was a bit over the top, but I will overlook it since I loved the book overall). Eventually they become lovers. Their time together is idyllic and
sensually romantic. What a pleasure to see how they savor their time
together, love mad with touching and coupling. As if they are
honeymooners. The love scenes are really sensational - especially their first. But reality steps in when they are found and so begins Part Two of the book when Liddy finds out who Sam really is, and that
he's not just some nobody cow poke from America. She's afraid to admit her
feelings towards him and acknowledge him in public, when it's obvious he
wants to court her and continue on with their relationship. She's afraid that their secret of what they did on the moor will get out. What they had on the moor was special and unforgettable and she doesn't want it tainted by a scandal. Obviously, she's not thinking clearly when he obviously wants to marry her, yet she keeps pushing him away! I found the second part of the book
sad, frustrating, heartbreaking - and hard to put down. Fortunately, there is a happy
ending. As a bonus, I was enamored of Liddy's prowess at archery which added a
new dimension to her character. Overall, a different romance with top notch leads and Ivory is easily one of my favorite romance authors now. Very, very special.