Archive | January 2015

Book Review-Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow

Title: Sweet Enemy 
Author: Heather Snow 
Series: Veiled Seduction 
Format: Paperback 
Publisher: Signet Eclipse 
Release Date: February 7 2012 
Pages:359
Acquired: Library 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-0-451-23610-4

Blurb

Geoffrey Wentworth, the Earl of Stratford, is a war hero focused on affairs of king and country rather than affairs of the heart. Nevertheless, his mother is playing matchmaker and has invited potential brides to visit the family estate. Geoffrey resigns himself to playing host to a gaggle of husband-hunters more interested in his title than in him—until he unexpectedly meets one notable and intriguing exception.

Miss Liliana Claremont has no interest in being an earl’s wife, least of all Wentworth’s—the son of the man she believes murdered her father. Liliana is determined to find evidence of the crime, but her behavior rouses the earl’s suspicions as well as her own undeniable attraction to a man she thought was her enemy. As Geoffrey and Liliana explore their growing passion for one another, the truth behind their fathers’ enmity threatens to destroy their newfound love…

My Review


Geoffrey, the Earl of Stratford, is a military man, and ever since the war ended, has been looking for a way to get a bill passed, that would allow those brave soldiers to find jobs and have a safe place to live other than the streets. When he learns that his mother has planned a country house party, under his name, to find him a bride…he is furious. He refuses to marry yet, there is so much he needs to do and the last thing he needs is a woman he could never love or trust. Liliana Claremont, despite the pretenses, is not looking for a husband. Her father was murdered, and she believes the answers to his death will be found at Stratford. When she meets Geoffrey, and they become friends, her heart begins to soften toward him, but will the truth behind their father’s death destroy the love they have or fortify it?

I was very impressed with Sweet Enemy, so much so that I couldn’t put this down and read it all this morning. Heather Snow is a new author for me, and I have really given her much thought until now. I have seen some rating and reviews here or there, but when I saw it available at my library, I jumped at the chance to try this author out, and I am so glad that I did. If her other books weren’t at my library, I would buy them, I loved this book that much. Heather Snow has risen to the top of my author list, especially when it comes to Regency Romance. Of late, I have become a bit bored with that genre, since it tends to be over done at times. But Snow wrote a story that utterly captivated me from the first page.
The story begins with Liliana searching for any clues to her father’s death. Liliana (and what a pretty name), is smart, she is a scientist and a healer, and like her parents, wants to make a difference in the world, to honor them and their memory. She never expects marriage out of her life, because she only wants true love and trust, and most men shy away from her brains. Geoffrey, is a war hero, suffering from a back injury, a man driven to help those that fought for their country and came back to be sent to the streets. We have a love story that begins with friendship, and working together, to a passionate love affair, where desire drives them, and love is at the center.
This story was so well done, and cheers for Heather Snow and her research. She cultivates this story with such wit and intelligence, with depth and she molds a love story that will endear you forever. I am sure I will remember this couple for quite a long time. I found the characters enchanting, and their love story was poignant, sensual and stimulating. A breathtaking new storyteller that is guaranteed to hold your heart!! A TRUE TREASURE OF A ROMANCE!!
My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order

Sweet Enemy (1)

Sweet Deception (2)

Sweet Madness (3)

On My Wishlist (104)

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.









SHE PLAYED BY HIGH SOCIETY’S RULES

The gaslight’s glow lit Alana Van Alen’s golden hair. Born to luxury, she belonged with the Astors and the Vanderbilts at cotillions and soirees. But she shivered with fear and something more as she faced the handsome, ruthless Trevor Sheridan. He had bankrupted her fortune and would expose her family’s scandalous secret unless she accepted his outrageous offer, his emotional blackmail … his heart-stopping kiss.

HE BROKE THEM ALL

Born Irish, brought up in the streets, Trevor “the Predator” Sheridan learned early how to get the wealth and the women he wanted. An expert at games of power, he played one that would destroy every famous family who had snubbed him. Tricking the beautiful Alana was his trump card. But he never intended to want her … until her beauty and her resolve stole his breath away.

NOW THEIR DESIRES SWEPT THEM TOWARD RAPTURE … OR RUIN

Where Secrets Smolder…

Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele “disappeared.” Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele’s carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.

…Passion Ignites.

This isn’t the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him payment afterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue. How can he say no to a plot this dangerous . . . and a woman this delectable?

 

Slade needs a cure, but what he finds is a savior in the latest paranormal romance from the national bestselling author.

As the backbone of The Renegades’ defense, vampire technological genius Slade Johnson hasn’t met a problem he couldn’t solve. But when Slade is tasked with saving the life of his nephew, he must get in bed with the one woman who has the power to destroy them all: his enemy…his mate.

Short Book Review-My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe

Title: My Lady, My Lord 
Author: Katharine Ashe 
Series: Title Unknown
Format: E Book 
Acquired: Self Bought 
Publisher: Billet Doux Books 
Release Date: March 10 2014 
Pages: 317
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 

Blurb

Book #1 in a new series of historical romances… with a twist.

The Bluestocking
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they’ve been at each other’s throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

My Review

My Lady, My Lord, is a new release from Katharine Ashe. Now I can’t believe I have had this book on my Nook for months and I am just now getting to it. But this author keeps winning me over, and I knew I had to try this one out. This story I think, is part of a series, but have no idea what it is called and what the series is about…yet. Or it could be a single title. I wouldn’t mind seeing this turned into a series though. This story was very unique, especially with it being a Regency romance. It is very lightheart and sexy fun, but it has a certain twist you don’t expect. Now this review is going to be shorter than normal, due to the fact that I don’t want to spoil anything for readers that have yet to read this and want to. What I will say was this was quite a ride…I loved the turns of the plot, and the sizzling chemistry between Corinna and Ian. Whew….their interactions alone can set ablaze a forest fire. They have some tension and not all of it sexual, although as you read you see that all their bickering and name calling, it boils down to their attraction for each other. No surprise right? Well I loved the way that this author formatted this story and I was being constantly surprised and I loved the way that Ashe weaves a sensual story that is breathtaking, passionate, and magical.

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Throwback Thursday (65) Historical Romance Edition: Slightly Dangerous

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
All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention.

But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye—and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke…all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress.

What red-blooded woman wouldn’t enjoy a tumble in the bedsheets with a consummate lover—with no strings and no questions asked. An infuriating lady with very definite views on men, morals, and marriage, Christine confounds Wulfric at every turn. Yet even as the lone wolf of the Bedwyn clan vows to seduce her any way he can, something strange and wonderful is happening. Now for a man who thought he’d never lose his heart, nothing less than love will do.

With her trademark wit, riveting storytelling, and sizzling sexual sparks, Mary Balogh once again brings together two polar opposites: an irresistible, high-and-mighty aristocrat and the impulsive, pleasure-loving woman who shows him what true passion is all about. A man and a woman so wrong for each other, it can result only in the perfect match.

Book Review-Never Entice An Earl by Lily Dalton

Title: Never Entice An Earl 
Author: Lily Dalton 
Series: One Scandalous Season 
Format:Paperback 
Acquired: Library 
Release Date: April 29 2014 
Publisher: Forever 
Pages: 321
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 

Blurb

For fans of New York Times bestsellers Elizabeth Boyle, Jillian Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, and Nicole Jordan…

A ONE SCANDALOUS SEASON NOVEL

A Deception Most Reckless
Lady Daphne Bevington would do anything for her maid Kate-including masquerading as Kate and sneaking around the wrong side of London to settle the poor girl’s debt. Yet her innocent ruse takes a scandalous turn when “Kate” runs into a handsome gentleman on a secret quest of his own. A moment of passion could cost Daphne her reputation, but how can she ignore the stranger’s searing kiss?

An Arrangement Most Wicked

Lord Cormack Northmore is determined to find the immoral peer who ruined his sister. So when he learns that the irresistible woman he knows as “Kate” is the Season’s most sought-after debutante, Cormack plans to use her connections to help him set a trap. Now, the closer Cormack gets to uncovering the villain who haunts the ton‘s ballrooms, the more he realizes that the lovely lady is in danger herself. Will he abandon his quest for revenge-or risk losing his one chance at love?

My Review


Lady Daphne, lost her father in an accident that she blames herself for. And has dedicated herself to her family and their happiness, and has decided to never marry no matter how much her mother wishes to change her mind. When she learns that her closest friend and maid, Kate, has gotten into some trouble, from a debt for her family, she decides to go about London, in the wrong part of it, and act the part of a servant to help pay off the debt. But she doesn’t expect to meet Lord Cormack Northmore, on her adventure, and after sharing some sizzling embraces, she knows that this will be the only night that she will be able to enjoy a night in his arms, never to see him again. But when Cormack recognizes her among the Ton, they engage in a battle of sorts, of passion and discovering secrets…and before they know it, they are uncovering a hidden desire that threatens to inflame them both…
I will say that this book just might be my favorite of the series. After reading all three books, and I did love the third book, but this installment, I just adored. I loved everything about this story, and it had the type of story line that really intrigues me…which can be difficult to do when it comes to regency romance. So many authors write in this sub-genre of historical romance, so it’s always a delight, to find one that really gets my interest from the beginning. Of course Lily Dalton, has the writing style that is very engaging on each page. So you can’t help but get fully into the story from the first few pages. But the way she develops the characterizations and the building up of the story line, really had me. You see how inventive this author is, and the way she puts some unique twists in the story. There is an underlying mystery in play as well, which kept me guessing from beginning to end.
The characters were just lovely, and I just loved both of them. Cormack, was a delight, and boy did he throw some curveballs into the story, but what a fun one he was. He definitely knows how to take Daphne in hand, and doesn’t let her get away with deceiving him. Daphne, was just a good one, and it can be hard to find in historical romance at times, but she is so passionate and stubborn and a bit willful, but I enjoyed that about her. She really seemed to brighten the story up and add some adventure into it too.
Never Entice An Earl is a well written romance, of engaging characters, sensual delights, a beautifully crafted plot, and a story to keep you fully satisfied…TERRIFIC!!
My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order
Never Desire A Duke (1)
Never Entice An Earl (2)
Never Surrender To A Scoundrel (3)

Book Review-The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter

Title: The Seduction of an English Scoundrel 
Author: Jillian Hunter 
Series: Boscastle 
Format: Paperback 
Acquired: Library 
Release Date: April 26 2005 
Publisher: Ballantine 
Pages: 371 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 

Blurb

It would have been the wedding of the year — had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love.

Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.

My Review


Lady Jane, has been stood up at the altar by her fiancée, and close friend. Everyone is heartbroken for

her, but Jane can’t wait for the opportunity to find true love. Jane has a secret that she hatched, and she is joyful at the current events, now she knows it will be up to her to make her own fate. But there is one obstacle that she didn’t plan on…Grayson Boscatsle. Gray is furious at his cousin, and knows that it is up to him to maintain the family honor, and seek reparations for the wrong done. But for some reason, Jane doesn’t seem all that heartbroken over what has happened. Gray just assumed she is putting a good front, and he insists that he escort her around town, and show others what he sees in her. But before long, he starts to fall in love with her, but the secret that Jane is hiding from him, will bring about a sensual game of seduction and secrets…but who will win and triumph?

Jillian Hunter has been around for quite some time, but for some reason this is the first time I have read a book of hers. She has been on my watch list for a while, and I just had to try her out when I noticed this series on the shelves of my local library. So I thought I would be “original” and try this series in order. Let’s see if I can complete this “mission impossible” since I seem to have the worst habit of reading a series out of order. Any who….I will say that I truly loved this story. Now it did take me a bit of time to get into the book, but I think I was just adjusting to the unique writing style of the author.
This book was a ball of laughs and giggles, and I loved this couple. They were so engaging, especially to this reader, and the interaction between them was contagious, I just almost wished I could just jump into the pages and join in their fun. Now the real fun…doesn’t happen until toward the end and wow did that surprise me. Normally, with a plot line like this one, you don’t expect it to turn out this way, but this author really twisted her way with this story; I loved her creativity with the series of events. The way she forms these characters, well it was just charming. I loved every one that played a part in the story. What I also loved was seeing the family of Gray…their comradery and teasing of each other, added a certain flair to the story and a bit of drama at times. But what exquisite drama it is! An lighthearted and playful story with a touch of sensuality and moving emotions…Deliciously SEXY!!
My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order
The Seduction of an English Scoundrel (1)
The Love Affair of an English Lord (2)
The Wedding Night of an English Rogue (3)
The Wicked Games of an Gentleman (4)
The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman (5)
The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke (6)
Wicked As Sin (7)
A Wicked Lord At The Wedding (8)
The Wicked Duke Takes A Wife (9)
A Duke’s Temptation (10)
A Bride Unveiled (11)
The Mistress Memoirs (12)
The Countess Confessions (13)
The Duchess Diaries (14)

Book Review-Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Bound By Flames 
Author: Jeaniene Frost 
Series: Night Prince 
Format: E Book 
Acquired: Self Bought 
Publisher: Avon Books 
Release Date: January 27 2015 
Pages: 342 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Blurb

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

My Review


Leila, has had to learn to adjust to a new way of life, being a vampire, and being married to the most

infamous one of all time. Her life has changed from working the circus, and with their enemy still alive, both Leila and Vlad are determined to bring him to an end. But Leila is about to face a danger and an enemy that could destroy her. Now Leila will have to face a perilous journey that she may not be able to overcome. Vlad has an enemy that has been alive for centuries, and knows his strengths and weaknesses, but when Leila is put in danger and Vlad will have to do everything in his power he has gained from the centuries to save her and to conquer his enemy. Will Vlad’s love for Leila be their destruction or their salvation…

Bound By Flame is the third installment, of the Night Prince series. Now with each book, I keep thinking, if I love it more than cat and bones…because right now they are tied. I can’t believe I am saying that, since Cat and Bones are just a classic couple, and a favorite, however Vlad and Leila are an empowering couple, and their bond is just so strong and I have adored every moment seeing them come closer, and with each book, the danger increases. I waited a whole year for this story to come out, and it was worth the wait. I couldn’t put this one down once…it was a phenomenal read, and I would recommend it to anyone that loves a romance that will get that blood thumping.
Now there are certain things, I would like to keep under wraps in this review, so I don’t spoil it too much. But I would like to discuss how the relationship between Vlad and Leila grows. In this story, Vlad and Leila really get tested, I mean REALLY tested. And what happens shocks me and I wished I had some wine to get me a bit a fortification for this story. It tested my strength and I had the hardest time refraining from skipping ahead, I had to reign my self-control in, and control the urge. There was quite a few heart wrenching moments that tugged at my heartstrings. At the beginning of this story, Vlad and Leila have only been married for a short period, and have barely scratched the surface on the “honeymoon” stage, and with their enemy growing, you see how the danger tests their resolve, and most importantly tests their love.
The characters themselves were just as wonderful as ever, and I found them to be equally compelling, you also see quite a bit of growth especially in Leila’s case, but also in Vlad. When they get tested, you see how they grow and become stronger willed individuals and the steam level—WOWZERS!!! I think I got burned reading this one…watch out and you just might want to bring out a fire extinguisher to take out the flames.
Oh and as a side note, at the beginning of the series I thought it was only going to have three books, but for those that don’t know…there will be a fourth book…YAY!! So happy. I just can’t get enough of this series.
Overall a sexually charged paranormal romance that is packed with danger, suspense, a crazy villain, a possessive hero, and a heroine that will win over your heart!! A HEARTSTOPPER!!
Favorite Quotes
You aren’t just my weakness, Leila …You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.
My Rating

5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Steamy

Series Order
Once Burned (1)
Twice Tempted (2)
Bound By Flames (3)
Unknown (4)-Coming Out 2016!!