Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review of The Highlander's Princess Bride by Vanessa Kelly

This is book three in The Improper Princesses Series but can be read as a stand-alone story that will delight and enchant you.  I am a big fan of Vanessa's books and have all of her Historical Romances.  Another great bonus of her books are they are full-length novels, this one is 423 pages long.

Victoria Knight is the illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent and an Innkeeper.  She is determined to earn her own way and make a life for herself.  As a Governess, she can indulge her love of teaching. When she accidentally kills her employer's son while defending herself from his sexual advances she must make herself scarce, so that her cousin and his friends can ensure that she will not be charged with murder.   Now she is on her way to Scottish Highlands to teach a pack of young wild highlander males.
When she arrives and sees what she will have to deal with she will not be just a governess but will be trying to teach manners and etiquette to the aforementioned men.  The only saving grace of the job is that she will be mentoring a 14yr old prodigy in music.  Oh, and she will have to fight her attraction to the head of the family, Nick the Earl of Arnprior, a big beautiful Highlander.

Nick, the Earl of Arnprior can't believe his eyes, this beautiful young lady will never last a week in this house with his family.  He needs someone who can whip his brothers into shape and also teach his sensitive younger brother.  His household has been in a state of chaos for so long.

They both have secrets they want to keep and Nick is still grieving for the son he lost.  There is a banished brother and a grandfather who wants nothing to do with Sassenachs.  Nick cannot seem to help himself, she is an amazing woman and he wants her with a passion that he has never experienced before.   Can they overcome all the problems and obstacles that will try to pull them apart?

I enjoyed this book immensely. I love the originality and intelligence that makes Vanessa's stories a must read.  I love her characters too.  They are not perfect but they complete each other.  You also have lots of adventures and a really bad villain. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next one in the series.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review of Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

The Twelfth book in The Maiden Lane Series is the last full-length novel in the Series.  I can honestly say that this is one of my top five Historical Romance Series that I have read, and I have read hundreds of Historical Romances so far.  

It is fitting that the last one should be about Raphael de Chartres, The Duke of Dyemore, the darkest of the heroes in this Series.  A man tormented by the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his own father.  He has returned and will do what he should have done years ago, destroy the Lords of Chaos even if it means he must die to accomplish his mission.  He knows that the same evil that made his father a monster runs through his blood and is determined that his line dies with him.  

Iris, Lady Jordan is kidnapped and is convinced she is about to die at the hands of men wearing masks and nothing else.  When one of the men grabs her and whisks her away to his carriage she finds a gun under the seat and shoots him, injuring him in the shoulder, only to find out he was rescuing her from certain rape and death. He is a Duke and he insists that they must marry so he can protect her from the Lords who will do whatever it takes to feed their perverted desires and keep their group a secret.

Iris's first marriage was an arranged and her husband was older, cold-hearted and treated her like a piece of property.  Now she finds herself married again to another man who doesn't want a true marriage.  Only this time she sees something in Raphael that calls to her and she will stop at nothing to make him see that he is not a monster and he can allow himself to be happy.

Raphael is doing all he can to keep Iris at a distance and finish his mission to destroy the Lords of Chaos.  But he is finding it hard to push Iris away, she wants a real husband and a family and he believes that he can never have that kind of happiness.

There are truly evil monsters in the world, but Raphael is not one of them.  Can Iris convince Raphael that he deserves to be loved?

Elizabeth is an exceptional storyteller that will keep you enthralled from the first paragraph to the last.
Her plots are intricate, addictive, full of action and mystery.  Her characters are wonderfully flawed, complicated and honorable.  I am very sad to see The Maiden Lane Series end, but I do own all twelve of the books and can go back and read them whenever I wish.  There are two novellas coming that will put this Series to bed forever, but all the memorable characters and wonderful stories will be with me forever.

I really, really recommend that you read this book and if you have not read the other books in The Maiden Lane Series now is the time!! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review of Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell

Another Christmas Novella from Anna. Edmund and Flick spent only two weeks into their new marriage before Edmund went to war.  Now he is home after 8 years in the Army and they have to start anew.  They are older and wiser.  Can they be honest with each other about their feelings?  This is truly a beautiful love story that will make you smile.  

Anna Campbell is just one of the best at writing a full-blown love story in a novella.  She does not disappoint.  I have said this before about her books, this is the best 99 cents you will ever spend!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review of The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Bryne

Every time I read a Kerrigan Byrne book I think that she can't get any better and I am always wrong!
This book is everything a Historical Romance Novel and so much more.  This is a story of two people who are traumatized by the life that they have lived.  Kerrigan lets you inside their hearts and souls to their insecurities and the consequences of their life experiences.

Gavin Thorne is a Highlander who was brutalized by his monster of a father.  Samantha Masters is an orphan who married the man she loved or so she thought, it turns out that he is an outlaw and to save another she must kill him.  They are both strong characters that overcome so many obstacles to get to their HAE.

I don't want to give away any more of this story away.  Their sexual attraction sizzles like you won't believe.  They are perfectly matched but fight it until mortal danger enters their lives.

I loved this book and this author.  I will read anything she writes and all her books are keepers that I can read over and over again.  This is the fifth book in The Victorian Rebels Series and I hope there are more on the way. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review of With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins

I absolutely adore Christmas love stories and this novella by Manda is amazing.  A second chance at love is one of my favorite tropes and this one was perfect from beginning to end.  Manda knows how to keep her readers captivated with her wonderful characters. and her wonderful stories.

Merry Parks hasn't seen Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham since she abruptly ended their engagement. Now she is on his doorstep with an infant looking for his cousin, who is apparently the father of the infant.  All the feelings that she had buried five years ago came rushing back as soon as she saw Alex.  Alex is absolutely dumbfounded to see Merry in his house and realizes that he never really got over her rejection of him.

They will join forces to help William, his cousin, and the infant.  Alex decides that he hasn't been really happy for five years and is determined to find out why Merry broke their engagement and win her back.  Merry feels the same but she knows that if she tells him why she broke off the wedding it could hurt his relationship with a certain member of his family.  Alex convinces her to let him court her again. Will the secret that she is keeping from him ruin their chance of a HAE?

I absolutely recommend this Christmas novella by Manda.Collins.  A perfect read for a cozy seat and a cup of hot chocolate or a great glass of wine.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review of A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries

A very enjoyable read!  Short and sweet.  I loved Quinn and Meriel.  Secrets and misunderstandings occur when you are thinking with your heart instead of your head.  Meriel is reluctant to give up Quinn but doesn't want to lie to him.  Quinn knows Meriel has feelings for him but doesn't understand why they can't be together.  A botched abduction and a knife wound will bring them to the truth and they can have their HAE.  Sabrina told a complete and lovely story in just four chapters.  Loved it.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review of The Duke (Devil's Duke #3) by Katharine Ashe

A stunning beautiful journey of love, loss, heartbreak and danger by two courageous people that will grab your heart and not let go.  Oh and did I mention that they are both stubborn and hard-headed?
This is the story of a Scottish Duke and the daughter of The Earl of Vale.  

When they first meet, he is not a Duke, just Gabriel Hume, Officer in the Royal Navy and Lady Amarantha Vale has sailed all the way from England to Kingston Jamaica to marry a Missionary and be his wife and helpmate in his mission to save souls.

They meet in a cellar in Kingston taking shelter from a Hurricane.  The first words he hears her say is
"Damn and blast it to Hades!". They are stuck with each other until the worst of the Hurricane passes. Because of the tremendous damage done by the storm, her fiancee is busy trying to rebuild his church and she decides to help out the injured.  It seems every where she turns Captain Hume seems to be there.  He is a bad influence on her because she is beginning to want to see him and not her fiancee. She is falling in love with him but she doesn't trust him.  He begs her not to marry her Missionary and wait for him to come back from an assignment that will take him far away from her.  She tells him she will wait and not marry the Missionary.  When Gabriel's cousin brings word that he has died she is heartbroken and marries the missionary.

This story takes place over 5 1/2 years.  He inherits the Dukedom, Amarantha's husband dies and the journey to the rest of their lives begin.  Their is lots of secrets and mystery to this adventure.  They will cross paths a couple of times, and he will try to convince her to marry him.  She doesn't trust him or her feelings for him.  They are both protecting others and the only way for their HAE is to tell all their secrets and what is in their hearts.

I don't know any other way to describe Katharine's writing but to say it poetically beautiful and stirring.
I laughed and cried while reading this book.  All the secondary characters are wonderful and really make this book a must read.  Every time I read one of Katharine's books I think she cannot get any better and then she does.  You have to read this book!!!