Archive | November 2014

Book Review-Seduce Me By Christmas by Alexandra Ivy

Title: Seduce My By Christmas 
Author: Alexandra Ivy (Deborah Raleigh)
Series: Illegitimate Bachelor 
Format: E Book 
Release Date: October 2009 
Publisher: Zebra 
Pages: 329 Pages 
Acquired: Self Bought (B&N)
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-1-60183-236-8

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Even a rogue can believe in miracles…

Raoul Charlebois is nothing if not notorious. He’s abandoned his wild life to search out answers to his dark past, but that doesn’t stop his reputation as a rake from following him wherever he goes. In this case, it follows him to the door of a gamekeeper’s cottage, where beautiful, optimistic, innocent Sarah Jefferson resides. In all his exploits, he’s never met a woman like her…and that makes her all the more tempting…

At first, Sarah will have no part in whatever the devastatingly handsome visitor wants at the estate…until she realizes what he wants is her. For as the snow falls down around them, she finds that the intoxicating scent of evergreen boughs can prove incredibly seductive. And maybe there is some glimmer of good in Raoul hiding deep within. After all, Christmas has a way of bringing lost souls together…

My Review

Seduce Me By Christmas is a story by Alexandra Ivy who uses a pseudonym, for her historical works. For quite a while I only thought Ivy had books leaning toward the paranormal genre, but when I learned she had done some historical romances…I just couldn’t resist, and this book just caught my eye as I was browsing and couldn’t help but to get it, a perfect read to get me in the mood for the holidays. This story wasn’t what I expected it to be, it was quite a splendid experience and I can tell you I definitely need to read this author more.

The story begins with a rake and scoundrel, Raoul, who is known as a bastard son of a lord of the Ton. He has made a success in being on the stage, but needs a change, and desires something more from his life. So he goes back to his roots, and meets a woman that attracts his interest. A woman that wants nothing to do with him, normally Raoul is the one that picks his women out, but he isn’t used to being rejected or challenged. Sarah, is a painter and considers herself a spinster, and has taken in two orphaned boys. She has heard the numerous rumors concerning Raoul and knows that he isn’t to be trusted. But when he sets out to seduce her she knows that she is in danger, of falling in love with the scoundrel, even though she knows he will only end up breaking her heart.

This story was packed with enough passion and entertainment to keep me satisfied for quite some time. I just loved everything about this book, in fact I couldn’t put this one down once I really got into it. The characters were quite developed and really added some depth to the story. Raoul is the type of hero you just ache to read about. He is alpha male, loves a challenge and loves his women and sex, he is a animal in bed, but his character goes deeper than that. He is protective, intelligent, connects well with children, and has a hidden caring nature. What more do you need right? Sara is quite a unique heroine, there were many times I honestly didn’t know what to think of her. I liked her but then I didn’t know if I liked her. She is very willful and independent and doesn’t let anyone let her guard down, and can be quite stubborn. I liked how she stands up for herself no matter what, but I do felt that she was a bit too stubborn, especially when it comes to Raoul. I know that she is just protecting herself, but Raoul really puts himself out there, and it takes quite some time before she lets him in.

Once they were together, they were just phenomenal. They definitely connect on the physical level, and boy do they have some sexy chemistry,….I felt the need to turn on the A/C in winter time….this story does know how to heat up the room. Even though on the surface the story seems like a simple enough one, it was very dynamic, and had unexpected turns in the plot I didn’t expect to find, and what a mystery…I kept guessing the end result…and I was off the mark. The author sure knows how to write a story to keep you guessing and still surprise you in many different ways. The story also has a charming note to it with Christmas and I loved seeing that theme being mixed in well with the other aspects that tended to flow together quite well in this story.

Overall a sensational romance that won my heart over, heartwarming characters, a thrilling mystery, and a passionate and poignant love story! ASTOUNDING!!

Favorite Quote

The blue eyes darkened as he lowered his head to brush his lips over her temple. “Butter” His lips moved to tease at her cheek. “Flour” He covered her trembling mouth with a tender kiss. “And Ginger.” Slowly he pulled back, his slumberous gaze sweeping over her flushed features. “You taste of Christmas.”
Pleasure as thick and delicious as warm honey slid through her body at his touch. His slender, clever fingers trailed down her jaw, his touch sending jolts of dazzling sensations straight to the pit of her stomach.
Oh…he was wicked.
Wondrously, magnificently wicked.

My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Bedding The Baron (1)
Seducing The Viscount (2)
Seduce Me By Christmas (3)

Lusting For Covers (143) Prelude To Scandal

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

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My Candidate For The Week
The battle between the lady and the rake is almost about to begin.

Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London’s gossip-hungry ton to secure her father’s release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught.


Book Review-Unlaced By The Outlaw by Michelle Willingham

Title: Unlaced By The Outlaw 
Author: Michelle Willngham 
Series: Secrets In Silk 
Format: E Book 
Release Date: December 2 2014 
Publisher: Montlake Romance 
Pages: 352 Pages
Acquired: Netgalley 
Genre: Scottish Highland Historical Romance 
ISBN: 9781477826010

Synopsis (Goodreads)

A lady and an outlaw…

When strait-laced spinster Margaret Andrews tries to stop her younger sister, Amelia, from eloping with the wrong man, the last thing she expects is a coach accident. Stranded in Scotland with a dangerous Highlander, she must put aside her genteel sensibilities and learn to survive.

Cain Sinclair rescues the prim and proper Margaret, but he knows she’ll never want a man like him. As a self-proclaimed sinner, he lives his life from one day to the next. He unravels every thread of decorum she possesses, tempting her to throw away propriety. Margaret sees a man worth saving, but Cain fights her efforts to reform him. When Cain risks everything to save his brother from the hangman’s noose, Margaret must break all the rules to get him back . . . or lose him forever.

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Montlake Romance. 

Unlaced By The Outlaw is the fourth book in her latest series “Secrets in Silk”. Now I have read this author before, one of her viking romances, and loved it. So when I was asked to read and give a honest review for this one, I could barely contain my excitement, and I will be honest…the title really drew me. Many older romance novels that I fell in love with had similar play on words of this title, and so I was curious to see what it was like…and I found I just had so much fun with this story and really had a difficult time in putting it down.

What we have in Outlaced By The Outlaw, is a story that is hard to win but so worth the fight in the end. Cain and Margaret have always felt a connection to each other, even though their love is forbidden by society. Margaret is a daughter with connections to society, but when she ends up being put in a situation by a lord, who made who shunned by the Ton, she has gone five years without finding a husband and knows it is highly unlikely. But that same lord has kidnapped her sister to try to force her to marry him, so she then goes to the only man she knows can help…Cain Sinclair. Cain is a man that lives as he pleases, he is considered not polite company with no manners to speak of, but Margaret knows that he would help her, and that if there is any man that can track her sister down, it is Cain Sinclair. Cain is from the highlands, but when his parents died, he was responsible for raising his younger brother, Jonas. When Margaret comes to him for help, he can’t turn her down, because he still loves her after all this time. And thus the adventure begins…

These two were quite the characters, and they won me over. Now Cain Sinclair, is one sexy kilted beast…He does know the art of lovemaking and seduction. But he also has quite the heart and substance, and you can’t help but fall madly for him. Beneath his devil may care attitude, he cares, and is quite passionate when it comes to those he loves. Cain is honorable and loyal, who could say no to this sexy man with a sexy brogue. Margaret Andrews, was raised to marry a titled lord, not a man with no much to his name. But when Cain enters her life once more, she is given a second chance at love. Margaret is a bit self centered and selfish at times, especially with thinking that Cain isn’t enough, but when you are raised a certain way, and only know what is expected of you, it isn’t surprising, in fact, it seemed more realistic than you would think. But Margaret changes in this story, she starts from being selfish to a woman that reaches out for that what she wants…and that is Cain, no matter the consequences, even if it means never seeing her family ever again. I really enjoyed seeing Margaret and Cain really come together and fight for each other. This story had a very high tone of sensuality to it, that will keep you entranced by the story. This one was definitely full of a pack of adventures that leaves the reader breathless, and the way he story turns out, is what you least expect.

There were many aspects of the story that I enjoyed, but if I had to pick one of my favorites, it would be the voice of the author and how smooth the story flowed together. It had a harmonious tune to it, and it was smooth sailing, reading this story. Definitely a story I won’t easily forget, a tale of forgiveness, passion and most importantly learning to fight for love….BREATHTAKING!!

Favorite Quote

“You seduced me last night. I’m a fallen man now.”
Her lips curved in a unexpected smile, and she allowed him to move in closer to unfasten the remaining buttons. “Are you suggesting that I compromised you?
“Aye. And you owe me compensation for it.”
His charm was seductive in and of itself. She warmed to him, fully aware that her gown was sliding off one shoulder. “What sort of compensation were you hoping for?
“Time, lass. Years of waking up beside you.”

My Rating

4.5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order

Undone By The Duke (1)
Unraveled By The Rebel (2)
Undressed By The Earl  (3)
Unlaced By The Outlaw (4)

On My Wishlist (94)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.









His heart may be the last thing she ever steals . . .

Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker—and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. It’s a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she’s alone, she allows herself to think of a time before—a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton while his brother attempts to confirm her true identity. But Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her world of danger and violence, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

Beautiful and hot-headed, Caitlyn had vowed to hate all Indians until the day she died. After all, weren’t they the ones responsible for the senseless massacre of her beloved brothers? But when she gazed into the defiant eyes of the half-breed her father was planning to hang, she knew she couldn’t let an innocent man die.

She wanted to scorn Stalking Wolf as the other townsfolk did, but his proud bearing won her respect, and his hard body drew her like a moth to the flame. In his bronzed arms she would forget her vow of hatred, forget propriety, forget everything but his searing kisses and the burning ecstasy of…Forbidden Fires.

 




A LADY’S MISSION…

Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan’s dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits—especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason…

A WARRIOR’S TEMPTATION

General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom’s most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he’s ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen or giving up the woman who would steal his country—and his traitorous heart.


The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice’s improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan’s determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society’s rules or breaking them…

Book Review-Tis The Season To Be Sinful by Adrienne Basso

Title: Tis The Season To Be Sinful 
Author: Adrienne Basso 
Format: E Book 
Release Date: October 1 2011 
Pages: 343 Pages 
Acquired: Self Bought (B&N)
Genre: Holiday Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-1-4201-2543-6

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The Season For Surprises. . .

Juliet Wentworth knew what she was getting into: a marriage of convenience that will save her estate and protect her family long into the future. But she wasn’t expecting to find the passion of a lifetime in her new husband’s arms. After just one night, Juliet knows a marriage in name only will never be enough. . .

The Season For Seduction. . .

Richard Harper’s beautiful new bride has him reeling with desire–and running for cover. After all, falling in love was never part of the bargain. Yet when Christmastime celebrations bring him back to their country manor and back into Juliet’s arms, Richard finds his wife is determined–and all too able–to win over his heart, one kiss at a time. . .

My Review

Tis The Season To Be Sinful, is a holiday novel by Adrienne Basso. Now I am really coming to adore this author, and I still can’t believe that I haven’t read more of her until now. Every time I read her, it reminds me of a time when I first fell in love with romance, and her writing is so riveting and provocative that it instantly draws you into the story.

In Tis The Season To Be Sinful, we find a story of two people who are destined to love each other, but find stumbling blocks along the way. Richard Harper, is a American, who hasn’t had it easy, but now he is rich and successful and wanting to make a life in England. Searching for ahome, he comes across a estate, with a home that he knows needs to be his own, and he is willing to pay whatever it takes to own it. Then he meets the owner, Juliet Wentworth. Juliet is a widow, and mother of three children, and is looking for a way out of her brother in laws thumb and his control over her children. They are barely making ends meet, and when Richard makes her a financial offer she can’t refuse, she knows that she doesn’t have a choice but to accept, and that offer is:Marriage. When she dares him to kiss her, passions are inflamed and Juliet is more than willing to start a life with a man that stirs desire in her. But Juliet soon learns that Richard isn’t so easily swayed, and it will take a tough and Strong woman to keep him by her side.

This story was such a delight to read and there was so much that I found myself enjoying about this story….that I had to give it my highest rating, because I flew through this story like no other, and could barely contain my excitement when it was over.  This story was rich was the Christmas theme from the yule log, picking and kissing under the mistletoe, hunting down holly to hang, picking out a tree, and yummy goodies, and the warm Christmas spirit. There is a little bit in here for everyone, and one of my favorite aspects of the story was seeing it all come together. It definitely a story I would recommend, especially if you are looking for a sensual and fun Christmas themed romance….a story to remember. This pair was quite a hoot, and I enjoyed seeing them work through things, and it wasn’t easy, but I loved the setting, and the way the plot developed…the characters were charming and all of them go straight to the heart, they are pure deliciousness, and the heat in this book is not too heavy but not too light either…I felt like it was just perfect. There is quite a bit of conflict before they reach their HEA, but it really gave the story volume and some unique elements that made this romance fully satisfying! Overall a winning romance to win over your heart, and give you that warm fuzzy feeling you look for in every romance….purely sensual to the core!!!

My Rating

5 Blossoms 

Heat Level

Steamy

Throwback Thursday (56) Historical Romance Edition: To Marry An Heiress

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 

My Candidate For The Week
MOST CONVENIENT MARRIAGE

The breathtakingly handsome Earl of Huntdon is determined to take a bride, and equally determined that his marriage to Miss Georgina Pierce will be a business arrangement only–after all, he has been wounded in love before. But there is unexpected passion in his innocent wife, and he soon begins to look forward to many days–and nights–with her … until he shockingly discovers that her promised fortune has been squandered. Though Georgina rightly protests that she knew nothing of it, Huntingdon is wounded to the core.

Spirited Georgina surprised herself by agreeing to marry the earl–a man she’s just met. The handsome nobleman proposes that she exchange her fortune for his title, but from the moment Georgina first waltzes across the ballroom floor in his arms, she realizes she can easily give this handsome, haunted lord her heart…. But first she must teach him that there is one thing far more important than money and position–and that is love.

Short Book Review-The Highland Dragon’s Lady by Isabel Cooper

Title: The Highland Dragon’s Lady 
Author: Isabel Cooper 
Series: Highland Dragon 
Format: E Book 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 2 2014 
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance 

Synopsis (Goodreads)


Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome… and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.
Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he’s never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly… or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit – and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca.
I have always loved paranormal historical romances…a mixture of my two favorite sub genres in romance, but I hate to say that I had a hard time with this one. There were some aspects that I enjoyed, aspects that was different and unique in a way that really pulls you in at the beginning, but when I got to the middle of the book, I really had to force my way through portions of it, because I did want to find out how these find their HEA. This author can be a hit or miss for me, and this story really felt off for me, and so I had a difficult time keeping my attention on the story, I felt like the consistency of the writing was a little off, and that threw me off kilter as I was reading. The story is pretty well set up and I enjoyed seeing the paranormal element mixed in with it, a element of not just a shifter dragon (who is sexy hot!) but also of haunting ghosts, as I was reading this I kept thinking that I wished that I had been able to read this during “All Hallows Eve” the theme of the story would have been perfect. I did like the characters, they added some fun elements to the plot, and they were the reason I wanted to keep going…I loved this pair and seeing them together was enchanting. Overall, even though the story didn’t fully meet my expectations, there were many exciting and sensual moment that were engaging, with paranormal twists and turns….STUNNING!

My Rating

3 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Legend of the Highland Dragon (1)
The Highland Dragon’s Lady (2)
Night Of The Highland Dragon (3)