Archive | June 2014

ARC Book Review-The Captive by Grace Burrowes

The Captive
Captive Hearts (1)
Grace Burrowes
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published July 1 2014
Acquired: Netgalley
448 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781402278785
Authors Website 

Synopsis 
He’ll never be free…

Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.

Until he surrenders his heart…

Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.

My Review 

Christian Severn, the Duke of Mercia, married with two children, joins the military, but ends up being kidnapped and tortured and now is set free and makes his way back to England. Only to learn that his wife and son are gone and all he has left is his daughter. A daughter that doesn’t speak. Gilly, is free of her marriage from hell, and when she sees the trouble with Christian’s daughter, So Gilly goes with Christian to his country estate. Christian only sees the revenge for what was done to him, and to connect with his daughter again. From the moment he meets Gilly, his life alters. He starts to have passion for life again, and when their friendship kindles into more after a searing embrace, he knows that he would do anything to have her. Gilly is afraid to trust again, after being in a marriage for eight years that was eight years of nightmares. Can Gilly and Christian heal enough to trust in each other?

The Captive is the first book in the most latest and new series by Grace Burrowes. I was really excited to read The Captive, and I was really looking forward to reading it after reading the blurb. I really love the basis of the series. The Captive deals with two people that are both damaged, in similar ways, but we don’t learn the full extent of their pasts until well past the first half of the story. I did have a difficult time getting into it, but while reading the first half I was really tired so when I was more alert I read the second half and it got much better, although still wasn’t able to fully be engaged as I like to be in a story. But in all honesty I felt like The Captive was a solid romance with many qualities that gave it a 4 blossom rating for me. I loved the way this story line turns out. and I enjoyed seeing Christian and Gilly turn out into friends and then slowly kindles a more sensual relationship. There were many moments that were very heart wrenching, seeing both of these gentle hearts coming to terms with their pasts.

The match that Christian and Gilly made, they seemed like they complimented each other quite well. I really enjoyed the added character of Christian’s daughter, and seeing the tender relationship form between these three. There is a sense of family in this book, and I loved how compelling the story could be at times. MOVING AND SENSATIONAL!!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Traitor
The Laird

Quote Tastic (6) The Proposal…kind of…

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed you for one reason or another. Everyone’s welcome to join in – authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier! Just grab the button and put up your post 🙂 Don’t have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section. Quote-tastic is hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

 My Choice For The Week:
I included two-because they just go together and are priceless. This book is my all time favorite of the series, although I love them all…there is so much witty humor and engaging characters to leave you aching for more. 

He pulled away abruptly – self-preservation required it – and pressed his brow to hers, breathing deep. “You remember one thing. You decide you want to get married, it’s going to be me.”

Briony watched him stalk outside, slamming the kitchen door behind him. Both eyebrows raised, she turned to Ken.

Close your mouth, honey. That’s just Jack trying to be romantic and failing miserably. Don’t let him get away with that shit either. If he’s going to ask you, make him do it all they way. You know – down on one knee, looking stupid.”

Briony nearly choked. “That’s just mean, Ken.”

He leaned close to her. “If you do it, Briony, tell me first so I can videotape it. I could blackmail him for the rest of his life.”
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 “And Ken said I can’t marry you.”
Jack felt his heart jump in his chest. He glanced at his sleeping brother. “Did he say why?”
“Yes.” She kept her voice sober. “He said you have to ask me properly.”
Relief made him weak. His pulse beat at his temples, throbbed in his neck. For one moment his fingers closed in her hair in a tight fist. “Properly? If I ask, you might say no, so I’m thinking we’ll just start off right and I’ll tell you and we’ll get the thing done.”
“Get the thing done?” Briony echoed.
Ken snorted aloud. “Jack, I’ll take over watch and you get some sleep. I think you fried your brain up there on the roof.”
“Pipe down over there.” Jack said. “You’re already stirring up trouble.”
“Get the thing done?” Briony repeated slowly. “The thing being what exactly?”
“The ceremony. The paperwork. Whatever the hell it takes to make it legal.”
Briony sat up and glared at him. “Take your ‘it’ and shove it, Jack.”
“There’s no need ti be getting upset, Briony. We can’t exactly go around with a bunch of kids and not do whatever the hell it is one does to make it legal.”
“Whatever the hell it takes to make what legal?”
He shrugged. “How the hell would I know? I’ve never done this before. Sleeping together I guess.”
“So you are going to marry me so it’s legal to sleep with me?”
“This isn’t coming out right.”
“You think?”
“Don’t get upset, baby,. I don’t understand why you’re getting upset.”

Lusting For Covers (120) To Pleasure A Prince

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

Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society…and a most unexpected match.

Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she’s called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won’t marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn’t court the lovely Louisa North — even if the girl’s brother, the notorious “Dragon Viscount,” objects.

Marcus North, Viscount Draker — bastard son of the Prince of Wales — is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother’s behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century?

Short Book Review-If The Slipper Fits

If The Slipper Fits
Cinderella Sisterhood (1)
Olivia Drake
St. Martins
Paperback
Published June 2012
Acquired: Library
341 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-250-00177-1
Authors Website 

Synopsis
Will she have her happily ever after?

Is This Love Real?

Raised in a girls’ school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she’s hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child’s breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination—or her heart.

Or Are They Living In a Fairytale?

Falling for his young nephew’s governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury’s orderly life, but Annabelle’s quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist. Meanwhile, a mysterious danger looms over the remote Cornwall estate. Will their newfound desire stand the test of time? Or are some happy endings just too good to come true?

My Review 

This is the first time reading a book from Olivia Drake, and it has been a long time since I have been so engrossed in a historical romance. The style of the writing reminded me of Karen Hawkins, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries. If The Slipper Fits is one of my favorite historical romances I have read so far this year.  I do love a fairy tale theme romance, and this series is based on the story of Cinderella. Annabelle is our Cinderella, a orphan, with no home or family. She is then asked to be a governess to a child who is in great need of a mother. But she clashes with the guardian and uncle, Simon Westbury. Annabelle brings a peace and a softness to their home. This was such a beautiful and tender story that kept me up late reading it, because I was so enthralled by every aspect of this story. The romance between Annabelle was stimulating and sensual. I loved the aspect of the nephew, this darling little boy that just had me wrapped around his finger from the beginning.I enjoyed seeing the intricate play of events, and the way this story is put together. It had a feeling of vibrancy that extends itself to the reader.

Overall If The Slipper Fits swept me away from the first chapter. This author takes us into a world of sizzling passion, charming characters, and a sweet romance to tug at your heart strings. Satisfying until the very end!! MAGNIFIQUE!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Stroke of Midnight
Abducted By The Prince

Throwback Thursday (36) Historical Romance Edition: Lady Sophia’s Lover

Throwback Thursday is a new meme hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love Saves The World, and since I just love Historical Romance I decided to participate.

What Is Throwback Thursday? Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or image from their past–usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book related Throwback Thursday.

Here Are The Rules: 1. It must be posted on a Thursday. 2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008

Why is Lady Sophia looking for a lover?
And could she seduce the most marriageable man in London?

Lady Sophia Sydney would do anything to ensnare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon. Her goal: to ruin his reputation and cause a scandal that would be the talk of all London. So she insinuates herself into his life by gaining his trust and living in his house.

Every morning, her lush presence tempts him beyond all reason . . . the way she bends over the table to serve him the meals she has prepared . . . the way her hands oh, so gently—yet sensuously—brush against him. Every night, she promises with her eyes—and her body—that the hours before dawn could be spent in unbridled passion instead of restless sleep—if only he’d let her share his bed.

She knows he is falling more in love with her each day. But she never counted on falling in love with him. And she never dreamed he might very respectably ask for her hand in marriage.

Why Lady Sophia’s Lover? 
This is a favorite of mine, Ross and Sophia are fabulous and I adore everything about this story. (And the grandfather is so fun, gives me kicks and giggles just thinking about the charm of this story) It has been a personal favorite since I first read it over ten years ago. Tender, romantic, intense, and sensual!!

Book Review-The Sword by Jean Johnson

The Sword
Sons of Destiny (1)
Jean Johnson
Berkley Sensation
Paperback
Published February 2007
Acquired: Library
312 Pages
Paranormal-Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 978-0-425-22060-3
Authors Website 

Synopsis
The first novel of the Sons of Destiny…a romantic tale of magic, superstition, and a love that transcends dimensions.

Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day-they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting their destiny, the brothers are exiled to Nightfall Island, a land where women are strictly forbidden. But, when the youngest of the mage-brothers rescues a woman from another universe, their world is altered forever.

Kelly Doyle had wanted to get away from the world. Threatened, attacked, and accused of witchcraft, Kelly had enough of her narrow-minded small town. And now she has somehow landed in another, magical dimension-the only woman in a realm inhabited by eight men who are desperately in need of a woman’s touch.

My Review

The Eldest Son shall bear this weight:
If ever true love he should feel 
Disaster shall come at her heel 
And Katan will fail to aid 
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid

Kelly Doyle has worked herself practically to the ground to make her shop survive, but when her neighbors assume she is a witch, they try to burn her house to the ground with her inside. But then she is saved by the youngest of the mage brothers who brings her into their realm, a island with eight men all brothers and all powerful in their magic, but cursed. Saber, the eldest of the brother, will do anything to protect himself and his brothers, at any cost. When a woman appears, he is furious, and what would he want with a feisty wildcat? But Saber and Kelly are destined and despite his determination, Saber can’t resist falling in love with this one woman who has brought a order to their home they have never seen. Only with Kelly and the brothers working in unison, will they defeat the upcoming danger.

The Sword is the first installment in the series, and sets the stage for all the other books as well. This series is about eight brothers, each of them cursed, but will each have a woman of his own that matches him in every way. The Sword starts with the oldest brother, and as this is the first time reading this series, I really had no idea what to expect, however I really liked the basis for the story line and I felt like the characters were pretty well developed. The story sets off at a good pace, but then slows down until about halfway, and then you really get into it, and it picks up pace until the end. I only had one issue with this story, I never felt the love connection with this pair, even though I really wanted to. I felt like that despite the engaging personality of the story, it laked a romantic flair that would have made this story phenomenal. Having said that I do want to point how that I truly enjoyed this story and the way the plot thickens especially toward the end….it really surprised me.

This story has some very unique and strange elements, that when you put it all together, become a story of taste and style. I really liked the idea of this one woman taming the eight brothers to a point. It was such fun seeing her corral them into cleaning for her, and forcing them to be more than animals. They definitely need a woman’s influence, and Kelly does a fantastic job of being forceful but still caring too. Now for Kelly and Saber….they like to fight, bicker, argue, and yell. But once you get past the tough exterior of their personalities, you see how they really are wonderful together. There isn’t much heat in the book, but there are a few scenes that are sensual and yet playful too.

Overall a charming, warm and a entertaining tale of fantasy, romance, brotherhood, and magic. ENCHANTING!!

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
The Wolf
The Master
The Song
The Cat
The Storm
The Flame
The Mage
Finding Destiny

Teaser Tuesday (58) The Sword

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following: •Grab your current read •Open to a random page •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

The Eldest Son shall bear this weight;
If ever true love he should feel
Disaster shall come at her heel
And Katan will fail to aid
When Sword in sheath is claimed by Maid