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Top Ten Tuesday (9) Top Ten Begginings and Endings

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Top Ten Beginnings and Endings of Books
Beginnings
1. Tempt Me At Twilight-Lisa Kleypas

“Her chances of a decent marriage were about to be dashed-all because of a ferret”

2. The Ugly Duchess-Eloisa James

“You’ll have to marry her. I don’t care if you think of her as a sister: from now on, she’s the golden fleece to you.”
3. Shadow Fires-Catherine Spangler

” He stood on the bridge of the massive spacecraft, his powerful legs braced as the ship began its descent toward Candest. He maintained his balance with one large hand lighting gripping the edge of the main console. Like his legs, his chest was bare, with well delineated muscles rippling beneath golden skin. Silent and majestic, he waited. Suddenly his head turned, and his unblinking midnight gaze fixed unerringly upon her.”
4. High Country Bride-Linda Lael Miller

Rafe McKettrick peered at the small, tasteful advertisement in the back of the Cattleman’s journal, dogeared the page, and then slammed the magazine against the edge of the desk in his father’s study. it was a desperate measure, sending away for a bride, the way a person might send away for a book, or a custom made belt buckle, but then, Rafe was a desperate man.
5. Ascension-Caris Roane

Kerrick stood by the bar at the Blood and Bite, looking for a woman, the right woman, the one who would keep his head straight, the one he craved.
  
Endings 
6. How To Abduct A Highland Lord

 Jack pressed a kiss to her forehead and smiled. Finally, he’d discovered the secret of having a home. It wasn’t the place, or the time, or the people who lived in this city or that. It was the person you shared it with. 
And with Fiona, he knew that their home would be all the home he would ever need. 

7. One Night With The Prince-Sabrina Jeffries 

 
8. Then He Kissed Her-Laura Lee Guhrke

And then he kissed her.
Emma tightened her arms around his neck, and returned his kiss with passionate enthusiasm. After all, it was quite proper for a man to kiss a woman once they were engaged. Everybody knew that. Even Harry.

9.It Happened One Autumn-Lisa Kleypas

“There is nothing on this earth more beautiful to me than your smile…no sound sweeter than your laughter…no pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are.

10. Eat Prey Love- Kerrelyn Sparks

With a laugh, she flipped him over and straddled him. Holding his shoulders down, she leaned over and nipped at his ear. “No more dying, you hear me? I won’t have you dying for me.”
He chuckled. “For you, sweetheart, I want to live forever.”

Book Review-Darius

Darius
Lonely Lords (1)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Mass Market Paperback
Published April 2013
378 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:

Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he’s losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can’t refuse: get the Lord’s pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly, and he will earn enough money to never want again. But problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and his clients refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?

My Review 
Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors to read. After reading some of the Wyndham series, she was bumped up to the top of my list.  In the past, her stories have been emotionally driven stories with powerful characters. Darius is the first in this series, and by reading the synopsis I was beyond intrigued.  Darius is definitely a bit different than Burrowes other stories. As I first started reading Darius, I wasn’t sure how much I would end up liking it. How Darius and Vivian meet and get together isn’t the exact situation I am normally comfortable with. However as I continued to read through it, I found I was captivated by this sweet story that ended up putting my emotions through the ringer.

Darius, finds himself being put in a bad situation. Penniless and desperate to protect his sister, decides to offer himself up in return for money. Each and every time he gives his body, he can barely live with himself, but he does what is necessary in order to survive. Then one day a titled lord approaches him with a offer with a huge amount of funds in exchange for get his wife pregnant, to secure her future. Vivian loves her husband, but not in a way of passion or romantic love. She was a friend of his first wife, and agreed to marry him when she had no one to turn to. Now he has persuaded her that since he is older and unable to give her a child, that she will need one after he has died. In the beginning Vivian refuses to do so, but knows it is her only option. When she goes to their country estate and meets Darius, she finds herself captivated by his touch. She has never felt passion until now, and now that she has found a man that she could come to deeply care for, she will have to let him go and act as if they are mere acquaintances. When she does find that she is pregnant with Darius’s child, she doesn’t know if she can let him go. Will Darius and Vivian be able to find their happy ending?

Overall I found Darius to be a astounding read and a great beginning to the Lonely Lords series. I found this story enriching and deeply provoking. I loved seeing Darius and Vivian and seeing how their relationship turns out. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I loved Darius from the beginning despite his being a man ho of sorts. But I loved how protective he was of Vivian. There was such a tender connection between these two that I admired from the start. The intimacy that grows between them was endearing and I couldn’t help but fall in love with these two. Even Vivian’s husband I admired as well, such a sweet caring that you are bound to love as much as I did. A intoxicating read full of a complex plot, lively characters and a story that will break your heart!! A KEEPER TO PUT ON THE SHELF!!!

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Nicholas
Ethan
Beckman
Gabriel
Gareth
Andrew
Douglas
David

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Book Review-A Notorious Countess Confesses

A Notorious Countess Confesses
Pennyroyal Green (7)
Julie Anne Long
Avon
Mass Market Paperback
Published October 2012
374 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-06-211802-8
Authors Website

She rose to spectacular heights…

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never expected to fall so hard…

He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation…and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam’s strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to Heaven…or make outcasts of them forever?

My Review
I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out last year. So when it became available at my local library, I knew I had to pick it up. There have been some books of this series I have loved and other that ended up being averagely enjoyable, A Notorious Countess Confesses is up there on the top of my list of favorites from this author.  This one is a bit different than most regency’s, I loved the unique setting that the characters are placed in.

It begins when Evie Duggan, after becoming a widow and with rumors and scandals flying around London about her, decides to settle in Pennyroyal Greens, to have a new start. When she arrives, she causes quite a stir among the country folk, who view who as a woman ripe with scandalous behavior. She decides that she must make friends in order to become more accepted so that she can make a life for herself. But its harder than it looks. When the Vicar, starts to interact with her, she finds herself wanting more than just a content life, she craves his touch like none other. His goodness and sincerity overwhelms her, and before she realizes it, she wonders if they could ever have a future together. Adam, depends on his livelihood as the Vicar. He has sacrificed much for this life, but in some ways its well worth it. When the new countess shows up in town, rumors fly about her devious and scandalous ways, and must guard himself carefully. But there is something more to Evie than meets the eye. There is a instant connection between Adam and Evie, but in the end will Adam choose his people over Evie, or does his love for Evie be strong enough?

There was quite a bit that I found very like able about this story. The characters in this story were very endearing and I liked them from the first chapter. Adam is unlike most heroes of regency romance. He hasn’t had a ton of experience with women, in fact the heroine in this story has more history with men than Adam seems to have with women. Adam is very sincere and good hearted, and I loved how caring he was at times. His circumstances and personality are of a more gentle nature, but I enjoyed seeing Adam interact with Evie, Evie has a very strong willed vitality about her. I liked her from the beginning, Evie may have a bit of a scandalous past, but only in order to protect her family.She also has suffered quite a bit and I loved seeing her with Adam, they end up complimenting each other in such a unique way. A charming and warm romantic tale that is bound to warm your heart!! BRILLIANT!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books in Series
The Perils of Pleasure
Like No Other Lover
Since The Surrender
I kissed An Earl
What I Did For A Duke
How The Marquess Was Won
It Happened One Midnight

I am Back

I do apologize for being gone this past week, been away working on some research, but I have just returned!! YAY!! I am excited to get back to some reading and reviews. I haven’t had much time lately to do much reading, but hopefully things will slow down for me soon.