Archive | January 2013

Library Loot (38)

Eva with A Striped Armchair, and Marge with The Adventures of a Intrepid Reader, which you should check out both of them, they are great!!! This meme is created to encourage bloggers to share books that they get from the Library, and since I am a avid lover of Libraries this is going to be one meme I am going to love doing every week.

Book Review-Silk Is For Seduction

Silk Is For Seduction
The Dressmakers (1)
Loretta Chase
Avon Romance
Paperback
Published July 2011
359 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-163268-6

Synopsis 
From the Design Book of Marcelline Noirot: The allure of the perfect gown should be twofold: ladies would die to wear it . . . and gentlemen would kill to remove it!

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London’s rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon’s intended bride? Winning the future duchess’s patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are . . . not.

The prize seems well worth the risk–but this time Marcelline’s met her match. Clevedon can design a seduction as irresistible as her dresses; and what begins as a flicker of desire between two of the most passionately stubborn charmers in London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . . and a blazing scandal.

And now both their futures hang by an exquisite thread of silk . .

My Review
Summary 
Marcelline, a very talented dressmaker, who has spent most of her life trying to make a good life for herself, her sisters and her young daughter. Out of the three sisters, Marcelline’s strength is in the drawing and her wide imagination to create beautiful creations. As the oldest of the three, she has responsibilites. When she hears of Duke of Clevedon’s engagement, she knows this is her chance to become the most well known dressmaker in all of London. So she confronts the Duke in Paris, and convinces him in the most uncoventional way to see things her way. Clevedon has always known his fiancee, Clara, he has loved her most of his life. He knows its time for him to marry her like he promised, so while in Paris he plans on sowing the rest of his oats before then. But when he see’s Marcelline he is utterly captivated by her. And as the wedding date gets closer, the more he wants to keep Marcelline in his life, but knowing he has to put duty above love…

The Hero (Gervaise Angier, Duke of Clevedon)
Clevedon, left London to go abroad for some time, and finds himself in Paris, enjoying the freer society. When he meets Marcelline, he knows he is deep deep trouble. Having just become engaged, he plans on enjoying his freedom but he doesn’t expect to meet a woman that would would disarm him in such a way that he has no clue what to do. He is determined not to betray his fiancee, whom he has been friends with all of his life. But he can’t deny the feelings that are resounding within him for Marcelline.

The Heroine (Marcelline Noirot)
Ever since she was nine years old, she has known how to sew dresses and create beautiful things for women to wear. Having been taught the trade by her aunt when she was young, she knew it was the only way for both herself and her younger sisters to survive. Now they are becoming well known, despite what the competition is trying to do to undermine their hard work. When she goes to the Duke of Clevedon she never expects to fall in love with a unattainable man who could never return that love.

My Thoughts 
Silk Is For Seduction is the first book that I have read from this author in a very long while. So I kept putting it off not knowing if I would enjoy it or not. Now I am thinking I should have read it when I first got it. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and it was a bit different type of story that I really liked. I really loved the interaction between the two characters. I also enjoyed the mini side story as well. I found myself really liking the unique style of this story. I loved how bold and daring Marcelline could be, she definitely had my vote. Clevedon is one of those heroes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. He is so sweet and attentive at times, it just made me smile. I really was charmed by his manner toward her. There were many different things I liked about this story. I really loved how dedicated Marcelline was to building a life for herself, I truly enjoyed how Clevedon treated others, and how he would always try to do the right thing. I also loved the witty humor and the tender romance that will charm you.

My Favorite Quote 
“Coward” he said softly. She stopped and turned and marched back to him. She dropped her reticule, grasped his neckcloth, cupped his face, dragged his mouth to hers, and kissed him. 

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
Scandal Wears Satin
Vixen In Velvet (Coming out Summer 2013)

Book Review-Trial By Desire

Trial By Desire
Carharts (3)
Courtney Milan
Harlequin
Paperback
Published Sep 2010
358 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-373-77485-2

Synopsis
SHE CANNOT FORGET THE FIRE HE IGNITED …

In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kate Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted — and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned’s charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.

OR THE PROMISE OF HIS LOVE …

Ned is determined to regain his wife’s trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned’s passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she’s ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her …

My Review
Summary 
When Kate ends up in a compromising position with Ned, she ends up married. Then after three months he abandons her and leaves and she doesn’t hear from him for three years. Then he pops back into her life. Kate has not been sitting idly by while her husband has been gone. She has had a very fulfilling life, living a life that no one knows her deep secret. Because knowledge of it could put others lives at risk, not to mention her own. So when Ned returns, she can’t deny the desire she feels, what she has always felt for him. Ned left three years ago to find himself, he knew he needed to prove himself. Even though he regretted having to leave Kate, he knew it was for the best. Now he is back, strong and capable and determined to prove himself to her…

The Hero (Ned Carhart)
 Ned has always felt less than himself and has felt like he has needed to prove himself all of his life. When events are set in motion where he finds himself married at a very young age, he knows he needs to find himself and establish a life for himself, even if that means leaving Kate for a time. When he returns he senses that things are very different for both himself and Kate. He knows he has much to make for when it comes to Kate. He also knows that he has never wanted someone so much as he wants Kate.

The Heroine (Kate Carhart)
Kate, has led a double life, a life that even though it saves others from harm, she has no choice but to do it in secret, and must keep it from those that she cares about the most. When Ned, her husband returns back into her life, she has no idea what to expect from him. He has changed so much, but the passion she feels for him is rekindled, and she doesn’t know if she can or will deny it…

My Thoughts 
I have to say I am truly enjoying this author…way too much. There is just something about her books that keeps you reading. When I first read the blurb for this story, I wasn’t too overly excited to read it. However I had a feeling I would enjoy it, and did I ever. I am so glad I listen to that sixth sense at times. There were so many aspects of the story that I just fell in love with. The first one would be the plot….it was such a engaging plot that was full of excitement and enough mystery to almost give me a heart attack. There were a few twists and turns throughout the story that made me always wonder ‘What Would Be Happening Next? ‘ I was always being surprised at different intervals that just kept me involved in the story. I found that I truly enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Maybe more than the first book. Ned is the type of hero that one doesn’t see too often, but you are always pleased when it does. I probably wouldn’t put him in the alpha male category, more like beta male. He will fight for what he wants, but isn’t too domineering or controlling. You can see what a gentle man he is, although he can certainly be protective when its needed. I also enjoyed Kate, whose secret life just made me grin the whole time I was reading it. Kate is very caring and would sacrifice herself to help another. I really loved seeing Ned and Kate interact with each other, since they definitely have different backgrounds in a way that keeps their relationship very interesting. A Lovely written story that will tug at those heartstrings!

My Favorite Quote 
“Before he could think better of it,  he leaned down  and touched his lips to hers. She was soft and for all the murky complications of his own lust, the kiss he gave her was as simple and unshadowed as a summer noon. She tasted of warm sunshine and soft breezes. “

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
The Heart Of Christmas
Proof By Seduction

ARC Book Review-What Happens In Scotland

What Happens In Scotland
Jennifer McQuiston
Avon Books
EBook
Published February 26 2013
384 Pages
Scottish Historical Romance

When recent widow Georgette Thorold wakes up beside an attractive but unmemorable stranger, she has more to sort out than her missing memory. Her cousin, whom she is supposed to be visiting, is nowhere in sight, and the wedding ring on her finger suggests she did more than kiss the handsome Scotsman in her bed. Determined to either correct an egregious error or pretend it never happened, Georgette does what any well-bred lady with a modicum of sense and a distrust of marriage would do: she panics, hits the man over the head with a chamber pot, and runs.

James McKenzie, Esquire has spent his adult life trying to overcome his miscreant youth and his family’s disappointment, but in a single night he may have just destroyed his hard-earned reputation. He has either spent the evening protecting a very naïve, and—dare he say it—very drunk young lady from the advances of every disreputable character in the town of Moraig, or he has gone and married a pretty, scheming thief. Not that his own head is entirely clear on the matter, but when the woman in question repays his kindness with a knock on the head, the bill for her room, and the theft of his purse, an embarrassed James is determined to track her down and show her she picked the wrong solicitor to swindle.

My Review
Summary 
When Georgette awakens in the arms of a naked stranger, she is stunned to discover that she has no memory of the previous evening. She has no idea how she got into a strange bed but apparently she has done some pretty scandalous things…and then she finds a ring on her finger….and in a fit of panic she hits her new apparent husband over the head with a chamber pot and abandons him and flees. When Georgette returns home, she finds that her memory is starting to slowly return….like she has to put the pieces together….so she starts investigating trying to find out the identity of her “new” husband. But when she finally does find him….she finds out he has been trying to find her because he believes her to be a thief, and doubts that they are truly really married….as they together search to find out the truth….there is something powerful building between them….and they start to wonder if and when they find out if they are truly married….will they both want to stay married?

The Hero (James McKenzie)
James, has been working so hard to build his life up….to not depend on his father and his family…to prove to them that he is more than the scoundrel he used to be. But then he realizes a majority of the money he has earned for himself, has disappeared along with his “Wife” so he goes in search of her believing that she is a thief, and he is determined after all the pains he has suffered to get his money back, but when he finds her, he is furious and as they search for the truth together….he starts to have tender feelings for his new wife and doesn’t want to have to let her go.

The Heroine (Georgette Thorold)
Georgette has come up to visit her cousin, and to move on after her cheating husband dies….but her cousin practically throws himself at her trying to convince her to marry him, and then a night where she knows she drank way too much and remembers nothing. Now she is on a quest to find her “Husband” and to figure out what she exactly did, and if James is really her husband. But as they get closer to the truth, she starts to realize how much she has come to love and admire James, and doesn’t want to lose him after she has found someone that could be her future…

My Thoughts 
What Happens In Scotland was a fun and adventurous romance novel….and I am so grateful and Avon and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this and be able to review it. When I first saw the cover….I was thinking “This Is A Must Read”, it just drew me in and the moment I was the Synopsis, I was hooked, I started reading it, and I was amazed by how much I loved it. Jennifer McQuistion is a new author…and I just loved her style of writing. It was witty, and crazy, and a breath of fresh air. Most historical aren’t very comical without ruining the whole plot…however I loved how McQuiston just put everything together, and how smoothly the story flowed and synced together to make a truly magical love story that will put at the readers heartstrings. There were quite a few things I loved about this story. One of the first was how Georgette just bangs her new husband over the head with a chamber pot (now that was pure genius)   and I definitely laughed my head off at that one, and I just loved the creative way Georgette goes about to find her Husband….there were so many things that made me laugh and just got me more into the story. I also loved how Georgette and James interact with each other. At first they are enemies…and then friends…who turn into lovers….and there is definitely some twists and turns…and as always…a Villian who really makes things happen….Overall A Delightful Read that will make you eager for more from this debut author!

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Lusting For Covers (61) The Princess and the Peer

Lusting for Covers is a meme found on TBQ so come and join in on this fun meme!!! 1- Take the graphic (left) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ). 2- Choose your own book cover that you’ve fallen in “lust” with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out– it’s all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there. 3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the comment section on my post (when in doubt, use this link and then scroll down to find the post), and allow others to come and see what you picked! (OPTIONAL): 4- Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it’s nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It’s not required, but it can help you readers’ to add more books to their own list! A brief “Why I choose this cover” is also appreciated, but not required

From New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren comes an enchanting new trilogy about three princesses brought together by friendship and fate. This is Princess Emma’s story…

When a royal summons from her brother arrives, Emma knows it’s time to embrace her duties as the princess of a small European kingdom, and marry the man her brother has chosen for her…a stranger she has never met. Instead she does what any self-respecting princess would do—she runs away. All she wants is one week in London. One week to experience everything life has to offer, before she is locked away in a loveless marriage forever…

Former naval captain Nick Gregory has inherited a title he never wanted. As the new Earl of Lyndhurst, he chafes against his landlocked existence—until fate brings a mysterious young beauty across his path. Believing she’s an unemployed governess, Nick offers shelter and protection to the captivating girl, never guessing her true identity.

Emma falls hard for Nick, but knowing they have no future, she flees once more—this time back to her royal responsibilities. But when she and Nick unexpectedly meet again, she learns that against all odds, he’s determined to make this princess his bride…

Feature and Follow (25)

The Feature And Follow (Follow Friday) is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and its tons of fun to do this meme and find tons of new friends and great blogs!!! So come and join in this fun meme every friday!!!!

Q:  What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

A: The most recent one would be Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear. One of my ultimate new favorite read. I literally couldn’t put it down.

 

Book Review-Proof By Seduction

Proof By Seduction
Carhart (2)
Courtney Milan
Harlequin
Paperback
Published Jan 1 2010
345 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0373774395

Synopsis (Shelfari)

She was his last chance for a future of happiness…A gifted fortune-teller from a humble background, Jenny can make even the most sophisticated skeptic believe her predictions simply by batting her smoky eyelashes. Until she meets her match in Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a sworn bachelor and scientist. He just didn’t know it yet.
Broodingly handsome, Gareth is scandalized to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of “Madame Esmerelda,” and vows to prove Jenny a fraud. But his unexpected attraction to the fiery enchantress defies logic. Jenny disrupts every facet of Gareth’s calculated plan–until he can’t decide whether to seduce her or ruin her. Now, as they engage in a passionate battle of wills, two lonely souls must choose between everything they “know”…and the boundless possibilities of love.

My Review
Summary 
Jenny, is a fortune teller, and has a sophisticated clientele. When one of her regular clients, Ned, comes to her to convince his cousin of her authenticity. Gareth is a man of science, and ever since he came into his title, he has had to bear the weight of his title and all the responsibilities. Ned is young and innocent enough to be taken advantage of. When he hears about “Madame Esmerelda” he plans to discredit her, because he knows she is deceiving his cousin. At first he challenge her, and she in return challenges him back, and he finds her spirited and lovely and finds her irresistable and can’t wait to get her into his bed. However he doesn’t plan on ever falling in love….especially with a woman that matches him in all the ways that matter.

The Hero  (Gareth Carhart)
Gareth, Lord Blakely has a passion for the scienes. And on the outside may seem cold and withdrawn but craves companionship and hates the feeling of loneliness. However he doesn’t fully realize it until he meets Jenny, who turns his world of order into a world of chaos. He knows she is far different from him, but from the first time she spars with him, his desire for her encompasses him and it takes all his effort to keep his self control in check and not make passionate love to her for days on end.

The Hero (Jenny Keeble)
Jenny, is a fortune teller, which is not as easy as it looks. Jenny has worked hard over the years, for her reputation. She depends on her regular clientele in order to survive here in London.  Now Lord Blakely is threatening to ruin everything, including her friendship with his cousin, who is like family to her. The only person that has ever shown kindness to her. But Gareth is very different, he makes her feel alive for the first time in her life, and finds herself falling in love with her.

My Thoughts 
Proof By Seduction is the second in the series, and I now wonder why I haven’t read more from this author before now. Milan has a very unique style of writing, one that instantly draws the reader instantly into the story. From the first sentance in the story I was hooked. I loved how from the first couple of pages, we see the first meeting of Gareth and Jenny. I have to say I found myself cracking up seeing them interact, it was like witnessing a sparring match, only verbally. I love the witty characteristics that played out throughout the story, and how you see these two people fall in love who may seem different in the beginning, are perfect for each other. I also loved the creativity of this author, and some of the scenes were definitely not commonplace. Overall a creatively written and fun story filled with endearing characters, engaging plot and intensely romantic that will make you shed a tear or two.

My Favorite Quote
“I’m not an automaton”
The thoughts of her mouth against his snuffed what little guttering intellect remained to him. Her flesh seemed to sizzle beneath his fingertips. He lowered his head to her lips until her lips were a tantalizing inch from his. 
“Most of all I’ll be damned if I let you call me dispassionate”

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
The Heart of Christmas (novella)
Trial by Desire