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Book Review-Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove
Friday Harbor (4)
Lisa Kleypas
St. Martins Griffin
Hardcover
Published February 2013
316 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-1-250-03207-2
Author’s Website

Synopsis
ONE WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN CURSED NEVER TO FIND LOVE . . .

ONE MAN WITHOUT A SOUL WHO WANTS HER MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF . . .

THEY MEET IN A SMALL ISLAND TOWN IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, WHERE MAGIC IS IN THE AIR AND FATE IS A FORCE TOO POWERFUL TO DEFY. . . .

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’s Crystal Cove, Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.

And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

My Review
Summary 
Justine has known that she is forever cursed to never have love in her life. Of late she has been aching for it, especially seeing her best friend Zoe falling in love. She wants a special connection with someone. Justine is a witch, and has the means to work at getting the curse broke, what she doesn’t expect is to have are the consequences. Then she meets Jason, and everything gets off course in her plans. Jason has made a successful life, has more money than any man ever should. With all the money and power at his disposal. When he comes to Friday Harbor, he stays in the inn that Justine owns. Justine is instantly attracted to Jason, like bee’s to honey, he is sexy and more handsome than any man needs to be, but what draws her most to him is his caressing gaze that makes her feel like molten heat. Jason has known for quite some time that he is a man without a soul, and has searched and searched for a way to live as long as he can, and that way may be in Justine. Jason is keeping a secret from her, but there is a stronger connection between Justine and Jason that surpasses any hidden agenda, and strikes straight to the heart, but will their love be strong enough to save them both from fate?

My Thoughts 
I saw Crystal Cove on the shelf at my local library…and I almost went into shock since this one just came out a couple months ago. And usually with such a popular author, it would take 3-4 months before I would be able to get my hands on this. Normally I would have wanted to read Dream Lake first, but I take books when they are available, so I was hoping I wouldn’t be too lost when I started to read this. As a fan of Lisa Kleypas there hasn’t been a book of hers that I haven’t liked. There were quite a few things that I liked about this book, a few things that I didn’t like. But overall I totally learned to love this story. Jason, is definitely ALPHA WOW Male LOL, he is deliciously yummy, but needs to be in control of every situation. Although the way he is with Justine was almost priceless. He is the type where everyone jumps to attention whenever he is around, but Justine doesn’t. She stands on her own, and doesn’t give in to his every demand =which I really liked about her. Justine has been raised a witch, but doesn’t practice in fully, until she discovers her curse. Justine craves a real relationship and being able to find someone to love. After she meets Jason, his life is so different from hers, but she feels a connection to him, where she feels able to laugh and play and the ability to open her heart to someone for the first time in her life. The story line was full of everything that makes for a strong story. I found it to have a beautiful magical tone. Now for a couple of things that I didn’t like so much. One is the powerful tone of magic that is shown through this story, the sense of Jason not having a soul–it was a bit disturbing at times. I felt like it just wasn’t Kleypas style in ANY way. The past books in the series, had a lighter tone to magic, but I felt like this book, it was a major element to the story. Which sometimes works, but there was almost something off kilter about it. Second is that there was a certain bed scene that had a bit of bdsm element to it, which was very unexpected and I didn’t really like it. I am not a fan of bdsm at all, and I really didn’t like it in this story. I felt like it was a bit too much for the story and for the author’s style. I know as time progresses, authors style of writing sometimes changes and all, but It just felt like it almost unbalanced the tone of their relationship a bit. Maybe it was just me, but I just felt like it wasn’t fully necessary. However despite a couple of things I didn’t really like, I felt like this story really called out to me in a powerful way. It was very different than the rest of Kleypas’ books. Crystal Cove showed all the romance talent that Lisa Kleypas has the ability of portraying through her stories. Powerfully written, heart breaking characters, sensual love scenes, and a riveting tale with a paranormal element to a contemporary story that has a magical ring to it. A STAR of a read!!!

First Line 
It was a safe bet, Justine Hoffman thought glumly, that after ninety nine failed love spells, the hundredth wasn’t going to work any better than the rest.

Favorite Quote 
“All I want is to spend a little time with you,” he said gently. “No games. We can talk about anything you want. Or not talk at all. Just you and me in a quiet place with a bottle of wine and maybe some candlelight.” Reading the uncertainty in her gaze, he added huskily, “Don’t say no. Because this has never happened to me before.”
“What hasn’t happened?”
Jason smiled into her puzzled face, a since and unexpectedly charming smile. “I can’t put it into words yet. But it may be as close as I’ll ever get to having a soul.”

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Christmas Eve At Friday Harbor
Rainshadow Road
Dream Lake
Lightening Bay

Short ARC Book Review-Ten Reasons To Stay

Ten Reasons To Stay
School For Heiresses
Sabrina Jeffries
Pocket Star
E Book
Published May 6 2013
150 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781476731612
Author’s Website 

Synopsis
A delightful eNovella from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries about a young woman who learns that you can’t learn about love from a textbook.

In “Ten Reasons to Stay,” previously published in the anthology The School for Heiresses, lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers that her new guardian plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees—on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!)—from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home…or stay forever.

My Review 
I was thrilled when I was given this ARC, even though I am not a huge fan of novella’s, I found this was to be thoroughly entertaining. It definitely didn’t have no slow start, very quick paced and easy to get into the flow of the story. I really enjoyed the charming characters that had me from the first page of the story.

It starts out with a young woman trying to steal (borrow) a horse, to escape a forced marriage and ends up a prisoner in a Gothic castle of a house with Colin Hunt who has recently returned from India. Instantly we see sparks fly between these two like fireworks, and I found their romance a adventure. It was a quick and fast read and I probably read in within a hour, only 150 in my nook, so it didn’t take very long to read—-which is sometimes nice. I felt instantly drawn into this endearing love story that captivated me from the first line. Sabrina Jeffries always delivers in  a outstanding way where she writes such stories with charm and flair. LOVED IT!!!

First Line 
The new Earl of Monteith, Colin Hunt, had been in possession of Chaunceston Hall less than a day and already trouble was afoot.

Favorite Quote 
“Have you no sense of danger, you little fool?” he exploded as he bent close. “No idea of how you tempt fate every time you open that reckless mouth of yours?”
“Not where you’re concerned,”she shot back. “Perhaps you alarm others with that black scowl, but I can tell a gentleman when I see one, and you–“
He cut off her words with a hard kiss. 
He’d meant it to shut her up, to shock her. Unfortunately, he did far more than that. It mad him conscious of her as a woman. A desirable Woman. 

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Library Loot (43)

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-Seduction Wears Sapphires

Seduction Wears Sapphires
Jaded Gentlemen (2)
Renee Bernard
Berkley Sensation
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2010
291 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-23596-6

Ashe Blackwell has enjoyed the life of an unrepentant rakehell ever since his return from India. But when his beloved grandfather challenges him to reform for a single, social Season in London—or forfeit his inheritance—Ashe agrees to the ultimate wager.

Fearless when it comes to a dare, Ashe fails to anticipate the ace up his grandfather’s sleeve. He will be assigned an unconventional chaperone—Miss Caroline Townsend, a young, independent, well-educated, American woman with beautiful eyes and no patience for rogues.

The sparks fly from their first meeting as the pair squares off in a duel of wills. When passion and desire are added to the mix, they both battle to keep control as a dangerous seduction begins to unravel their lives and threaten their futures.

My Review
Summary 
Caroline has been sent a request from her grandfather’s friend and business partner, to help him in a venture, and in return he will pay her a good amount of money, so that she could live the life she has always wanted, instead of teaching. Ashe has recently returned from India and suffered being imprisoned and ever since he has returned only wants to forget and put his past behind him. So he has lived a life in London has a full on rake, gambling and taking his pleasure wherever he can find it. But then his grandather forces him into a challenge, a bet of sorts. He will have to live for two weeks with no scandal of any sort attached to him, and will have a chaperone attached to his side to make sure that he behaves, or be removed from the will forever and be shunned from society. What he doesn’t count on is having to resist his attraction to his new companion, whose opinionated and stubborn nature only draws him more to her. He doesn’t understand how their constant arguments could be sensual in their own way. But when Caroline starts to share with him a unbridled passion, he is more than willing to share sensual delights with her, but what will be the cost?

My Thoughts 
Seduction Wears Sapphires is the second in the series, and this is the first time that I have read from this author. I hadn’t heard many things about this author since I think she is a bit newer, but when I read the blurb, this story sounded like something that I would enjoy reading. I am not sure if it was me or if I was distracted or what, but I had the hardest time getting into it, until the last few chapters-which is where it really got interesting. I found the plot to be stable and secure, but I think maybe it was just the style of the author’s writing, that just didn’t get me interested enough. It was the type of story that you can relax with but not one you can fully engage with. It didn’t stand out to me in any significant way and to say I was a bit disappointed is a understatement. I had high hopes for Seduction Wears Sapphires, and I am glad that I stuck with the story instead of putting it down, but I almost had to force myself at times to continue reading, where it came quite close to being a chore instead of a pleasure. I did like the basis for the story, and the characters were likable enough, it just didn’t seem to have enough zest and spark to get me to fully enjoy it. I do think I plan on trying the others in the series, since I want to read the other connected books, maybe I will enjoy them more ( I do hope so), especially since after that this author does have potential. It may just be it just wasn’t enough to reach out to me, hopefully I will get a chance to read more from this author and see what her other books are like compared to this one. Keeping the fingers crossed. 🙂 Overall I found it to be a somewhat likeable read, that was full of flavor and sensuality and was very clever at times.

First Line 
The clipper ship’s deck pitched hard, and Caroline’s grip on the railing tightened until she couldn’t feel her hands. 

Favorite Quote 
“You are an imperious and infuriating man, Mr.Blackwell.”
“I’d apologize, but I think I should wait for just another moment.”
“Another moment for what purpose?”
“For this.”
He leaned over and, in an instance of pure impulse, kissed her. Instead of a tender first kiss, this was about reclamation and possession of the sweet delights he’d already sampled. 

My Grade 
3 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy 

Other Books In Series 
Revenge Wears Rubies
Ectsasy Wears Emeralds
Passion Wears Pearls
Obsession Wear Opals
Desire Wears Diamonds

Book Review-the Heart of a Hero

The Heart Of A Hero
Spellbound Falls (4)
Janet Chapman
Jove
Mass Market Paperback
Published March 2013
359 Pages
Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 978-0-515-15320-0
Author’s Website

New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman welcomes her fans back to Spellbound Falls, where no one is immune to the magical powers of love…

Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. Fully embracing his life in the twenty-first century, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee, and is determined to keep her safe.

The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome and imposing as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. But strange things have been happening at the resort—and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems—and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart…

My Review
Summary 
Nicholas, as the director of security takes his job very seriously. When he see’s a young lone woman in need of his help, he is more than willing to help a lass in distress. He never expects that Julia would have such a secretive nature, and he finds her very intriguing and can’t help but want to pursue her, but it baffles him that she keeps running away from him every time he tries to get close to her. Julia, is determined to get herself and her sister out of their father’s house as soon as possible. Her father tends to be abusive at times, and Julia is the only one able to really protect her sister. But her sister still has to turn eighteen before she can go to college, and so Julia can work on getting a stable job and being financially free of burdens. When she first meets Nicholas he practically forces her into his truck to drive her home, but when he ends up kissing her, she is embarrassed beyond belief. However when he pursues her like a dog hunting for a bone, she knows she may be in deep trouble. Nicholas is the “hero” type, always out trying to rescue others. Nicholas plans on keeping Julia to his side and show her what a real man is, and desires her to fully love him.

My Thoughts 
As soon as Heart of a Hero showed up on the library shelves, I snatched it right up, I was so excited to get a chance to read Nicholas’s story. There is a certain magic touch to Chapman’s story, and I just have fallen madly in love with her most recent series. Ever since I took my first class at college, I have been so fascinated with mythology and its so great when you see certain authors incorporate it into their stories.

I have found that the Spellbound series, has a perfect blend of mythology and romance…that makes for a enchanting read. It first starts out with Nicholas being the hero for Julia, and practically picks her up bodily and forces her to take a ride home with him instead of riding her bike, which isn’t exactly a short distance away. Nicholas I found to be a very likable character. He never gives up on Julia, even though she keeps running away from him. Julia once left the mountain when she got married but she came back a whole different person, divorced and struggling to protect her sister. I found Julia to become endearing but she could be so stubborn at times. I did enjoy Julia though, she seemed to be the kind of heroine you find you can relate with easily. Julia hasn’t had it easy in any way but It was such fun to see these two struggle into their relationship. It definitely was full of a mountain of problems, the least of which being Nicholas’s heritage. There was also so many little things about this story that only made it for a easy and tender love story that can easily capture your heart. It has been wonderful reading this series, and see each book just get even better and better. We still see other characters that are involved in this couple as well, which is also a delight. I found Nicholas and Julia to be perfect for each other for a variety of reasons. One if they both are too stubborn by half, so they deserve each other. They each are willing to fight for those that they love, and even though in the beginning their relationship gets to a bumpy start, we see how these two come together when it really matters.   

Overall it seemed to make for a magic story that is full of a witty dialogue, charming characters, a plot to take you on a exciting ride, and a love story to enthrall you. A delihtful read that is not to be missed out on!!! Brilliantly done!!!! A truly unmatched story that is beyond memorable!!! A Must Read!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
Spellbound Falls
Charmed By His Love
Courting Caroline
For The Love Of Magic
 

Lusting For Covers (73) You And No Other

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

When Lady Caroline Pearson learns that her brother-in-law has idiotically, and illegally, gambled away her house, she decides that enough is enough. Boldly she confronts the new owner in person. But not only does the dashing rogue, James Ferrington, refuse to return Caroline’s deed, he tries to take scandalous advantage of her as well.

Sheepish and repentant, James arrives on Caroline’s doorstep to make amends — unaware that she is now intent on retaliation. James merely meant to seduce the bewitching minx and have done with it — and suddenly, he’s a kidnapped prisoner in Caroline’s cellar. But most shocking of all, James realizes that he has no desire whatsoever to be free — for the audacious Caroline has inflamed his senses, destroyed his reason … and completely captured his heart.

Book Review-When Passion Calls

When Passion Calls
Cassie Edwards
Leisure Books
E Books
Published December 1991
448 Pages
American West Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-8439-3265-1
Author’s Website

Synopsis
BROTHERS AND RIVALS

Heartbreakingly lovely, Melanie Stanton had been promised to Josh Brennan for as long as she could remember. But marriage was the last thing on her mind until Josh’s long-lost twin returned to take his rightful place raising Texas longhorns on the family’s vast spread.

Shane was as different from his brother as two men could possibly be. Raised by the Chippewa, he was as wild as the untamed frontier, as savagely virile as Josh was spoiled and weak. And Shane’s intimate caresses aroused a white-hot desire she had never known in Josh’s arms. Their love was forbidden, but Melanie knew that when passion calls, the heart must obey.

My Review
Summary 
When Melanie’s father dies, and leaves the land and the cattle business to both herself and her brother equally, she never expected that her brother would turn on her, and change right before her eyes. She knows that there is a real possibility that she will have to marry Josh, their next door neighbor. But then she meets his twin brother, Shane, who arouses her and makes her feel alive. Shane, when he was four years old, watched his mother being murdered and he was found by a indian who took him into his tribe, and was raised like an Indian, and it is the only way of life he has ever known. But when the tribe chief dies suddenly, the new chief asks him to leave and go back to his father and brother who are still alive. So Shane decides that it is time to move on with his life, and find his family. On his way he comes across a young woman with a zest for life and her passion only rivals his own. For the first time he has found a woman that he could start a new life with, and to be the man he was born to be.

My Thoughts 
When Passion Calls is a ebook I was able to borrow from Open Library. I do love a good native american romance, and I found this one to be at the top of my list especially from this author. I have enjoyed being able to read form this author over the years. She has a way with her writing that instantly draws you into her stories.

When Passion Calls starts out with the tragedy that changes Shane’s life. When he see’s his mother being killed, he has vowed to himself for vengeance. Ever since he has been hunting this man that caused so much grief and loss on his family. I really enjoyed the tender relationship that builds between the two. Melanie, I found to be a endearing character, and I grew to really like her as a heroine. I did find that their “falling in love” happened a bit too quick for my taste, but as the story progressed even further their relationship seemed to be more real to me. I really enjoyed seeing how Melanie is very protective of Shane, even though there are times when it is her that needs it. There was such a sweet poignancy to the story, that only made it that much sweeter. The plot was full of a variety of intrigue and suspense, and a bit of a mystery that totally boggled my mind in the end. I found that there was a side of sweetness to the story that almost broke my heart. There was such a strong connection between Melanie and Shane, one we see that only gets stronger and more vitalized especially when the danger to them only increases, and it was a joy to see this couple become stronger despite the setbacks.

There was a intensity to the story as well, and I enjoyed the small different aspects to the story, that in the end made for a Stellar read. A job well done and can’t wait to read more from this author!!! Overall a outstanding written story that is bound to take you on a journey of love and adventure!!

First Line 
The sun was slow in the sky, casting orange reflections upon two fifty-foot keelboats making their way up the Mississippi river. 

Favorite Quote 
Slowly, Shane drew her lips to his mouth, then kissed her with fire. Melanie was catapulted into a world of spinning sensations that flooded her whole body. She was not even aware of being lowered to the ground; that Shane was still kissing her and holding her was all that mattered. Nothing could be sweeter or more beautiful. He was the world…the universe…He was her every breath. 

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy