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Book Review-The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton
The Burgundy Club (3)
Miranda Neville
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published August 2011
373 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-202304-9
Author’s Website

Synopsis
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. 
“Never?”
“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 
Steamy

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

Short Book Review-Lone Wolf

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

Synopsis

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 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Pride Mates
Primal Bonds
Bodyguard
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 

Short Book Review-Highland Enchantment

Highland Enchantment
Highland Brides (6)
Lois Greiman
Avon
Published April 1999
378 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-380-80366-6
Author’s Website

Synopsis
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 
Warm

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
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2003
374 Pages
Medieval Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-06-051970-3
Author’s Website

THE PERFECT LOVER

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 …

THE WRONG MAN

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 
Warm

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.

Book Review-The Norse King’s Daughter

The Norse King’s Daughter
Viking I (10)
Sandra Hill
Avon
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 
Steamy

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