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Short Book Review-Married At Midnight

Married At Midnight
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Jo Beverly
Tanya Anne Crosby
Samantha James
Anthology
Paperback
Avon Romance
Published September 1996
400 Pages
Georgian Historical Romance

FOUR BRIDES, FOUR BEGINNINGS. . .FOUR STORIES OF ROMANCE FROM THE INCOMPARABLE KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS, and JO BEVERLEY, TANYA ANNE CROSBY, and SAMANTHA JAMES — MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by — KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS — The wedding of Jeff Birmingham of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER and his new bride Raelynn inflames the jealous ire of a determined rival. . . — MARR… more »IED AT MIDNIGHT by

JO BEVERLEY

A women abandoned on the battlefield discovers that dreams can cone true when an honorable commanding officer gallantly offers his name. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

TANYA ANNE CROSBY

A rebellious heiress who must wed by the stroke of midnight learns that a twist of fate has fulfilled her heart_s deepest desire. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

SAMANTHA JAMES

A young woman_s reckless scheme to defy her father_s ultimatum leads to a hasty union and unexpected passion. . .

Celebrate the glorious, magical moment of new beginnings with for uncertain couples joined by a passionate promise–and surprised by unforeseen love.FOUR BRIDES, FOUR BEGINNINGS. . .FOUR STORIES OF ROMANCE FROM THE INCOMPARABLE KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS, and JO BEVERLEY, TANYA ANNE CROSBY, and SAMANTHA JAMES

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS

The wedding of Jeff Birmingham of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER and his new bride Raelynn inflames the jealous ire of a determined rival. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

JO BEVERLEY

A women abandoned on the battlefield discovers that dreams can cone true when an honorable commanding officer gallantly offers his name. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

TANYA ANNE CROSBY

A rebellious heiress who must wed by the stroke of midnight learns that a twist of fate has fulfilled her heart�s deepest desire. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by

SAMANTHA JAMES

A young woman�s reckless scheme to defy her father�s ultimatum leads to a hasty union and unexpected passion. . .

Celebrate the glorious, magical moment of new beginnings with for uncertain couples joined by a passionate promise–and surprised by unforeseen love.

My Review
Married At Midnight is four short stories written by four amazingly talented authors. Each story was very unique and even though very short, were all very entertaining and witty. The Four stories were 1. Determined Bride-Jo Beverly 2. A Kiss After Midnight -Tanya Anne Crosby 3. Scandal’s Bride-Samantha James 4. Beyond The Kiss-Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. All of each story were beautifully written and carried on the theme of getting married quick, and the falling in love came after they get hitched, which a bit refreshing. Even though they were all too short for my taste, and I felt like there were some things missing as far as plot and characterization….that’s the way it usually goes though with anthology, you always feel as though there is something missing….its why I don’t read them too often. This time I felt like I hadn’t read one in a while and its always good to shake things up a bit. Overall one of the best anthology’s I have ever read, especially when these stories were written by some of my favorite authors!!! A Wonderful compilation of four love stories that will leave you thirsting for more!!! Very Entertaining and Fun!!! 

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms 

ARC Book Review-Thief Of Shadows

Thief Of Shadows
Maiden Lane (4)
Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
E Book
Published June 2012
384 Pages
Georgian Historical Romance
ISBN 1455508322

Synopsis
A MASKED MAN . . .
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . .
Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.

A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY
During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.

My Review

Summary:
Winter Makespeace, lives a double life, one life during the daylight where he is the manager of Home for lost children of St. Giles, and the other life during the moonlit night, where he goes out looking for the innocent children, but his life becomes threatened when Lady Isabel shows up on the scene. Isabel, is charged by the committee to polish Winter Makepeace and if she is unable to he will be replaced. After seeing the way he cares about the children, she knows its his life’s work, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make him see reason. However Winter is more stubborn than she gave his credit for, and she knows it will take all her iron will to match his stubborness. But when a danger lurks to threaten their future, only their love for each other will see them through to the end….

The Hero (Winter Makepeace)
Winter, has dedicated his whole life to the children of St. Giles, now that they have built up a good and decent roof over their heads, its his job to make sure it stays that way. Even though he lives a life that is secret from everyone, even those who he loves…but he knows its the only way to keep them safe. Winter is a very strong willed, stubborn, but is very protective when it comes to the innocent and will do all he can to protect them…..and when Isabel appears in his life, at first he is very annoyed, but he soon finds she is too irresistable to resist.

The Heroine (Isabel Beckinhall)
Isabel, is charmed when she see’s the way Winter is around the children at the home….and she soon see’s the type of man he is. A man who is very passionate about everything in his life, including their affair. At first Isabel’s desire for Winter is overwhelming and she gives in to the pleasure of his kiss, but when girls start disappearing in St. Giles, she becomes not only his partner in bed but in solving this mystery….

My Thoughts 
Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite authors, I recently discovered her last year, and ever since have just felt charmed by her love stories, and Thief of Shadows was no different. In previous books we have seen Winter and I was thrilled to have the chance to read his story….Winter is both complicated and simple at times. He is a charmer among the ladies, very stubborn and protective over his charges, and has dedicated his life to them even over love and marriage. Isabel is a perfect match for Winter, because she is the only woman that could ever bring him up to scratch. Thief Of Shadows was a beauitfully written story, which was a wonderful mix of romance, mystery, passion, and an exciting plot that will definitely keep the reader on their toes. I think what I loved the most about this book, was how wonderfully woven the characters were sewn into the story, one can’t help but be endeared by them. A Charming Love Story!!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossos

Other Books In The Series 
Wicked Intentions
Notorious Pleasures
Scandalous Desires
Lord Of Darkness
Duke Of Midnight

Book Review-Scandalous Desires

Scandalous Desires
Maiden Lane (3)
Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central
Paperback
Published November 2011
370 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN 978-0-446-55893-8

Synopsis
Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies within a woman’s heart?

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. Yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him a year ago for help—and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind–and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back…and he’s asking for her help

MY REVIEW
Summary:
Silence, after losing her husband was at her wits end, until Mikey O’Connor left at her doorstep a little girl, who Silence considered her own, until Mickey enters her life again, and takes Mary from her, so when she goes to confront him, she finds out that Mary is in danger from Mickey’s enemies, and the only way to make sure Mary is safe and protected is to stay with her father, Mickey O Connor, and even though he isn’t to be trusted, she knows that she has no choice. However what Silence never anticipated was to fall in love with the king river pirate himself, and that theirs is a love and a passion that sneaks up on them…..

The Hero (Mickey O’Connor)
Mickey, was born and grew up in St. Giles, and in order to survive, became a river pirate, and eventually worked his way up to be the King of the slums, and now his nemesis is out to get him through anyone that is close to him. Mickey has never truly loved anyone, until Silence comes into his life, and changes his world, to the point he can’t imagine living without her and her goodness in his life….

The Heroine( Silence Hollingbrook)
Once Silence was forced to save her husband, by sacrificing herself, not knowing that the love her husband had for her would never be enough, and now that he has died, and now a widow doesn’t believe in much anymore, until Mary shows up in her life, and Silence finds joy in life again, but when she is forced to live with the one person that ruined her life, she knows she is in over her head, but is willing to sacrifice anything for Mary’s sake, but she never though she would fall in love with the King of St. Giles, or that she would see beneath the mask

My Thoughts 
Scandalous Desires is the third installment in this series, I did read the first book but I didn’t read the second, so I was glad that when I read this one, that I wasn’t totally lost or anything. It did help to read the first book though, and I was thrilled to get my hands on Silence’s book…I just fell in love with this character in the previous book, but I never thought she would be paired with Mickey, who is the kind of hero you wonder how could this romance ever work out…..but luckily it did and in the most surprising way…with twists and turns in the plot that will leave you feeling pleased. I really loved getting to know these characters alot more….especially Mickey, and digging a little bit deeper into his past, and I also loved the romance in this story…it was a bit different but this story was full of mystery, adventure and witty interaction that will leave you wanting for more and more….just LOVED it!!!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
Wicked Intentions
Notorious Pleasures
Thief Of Shadows

Book Reivew-Of Noble Birth

Of Noble Birth
Brenda Novak
Harper Collins
Paperback
Published Nov 1999
402 Pages
Georgian Historical Romance
ISBN 0-06-109859-0

Synopsis

He Was a Man Who Took What He Wanted.
And He Wanted Her.
To escape her cruel stepfather, seamstress Alexandra Cogsworth envisioned sailing far from England . . . though not as a captive aboard a pirate’s ship.
Pirate Captain Nathaniel Kent’s strategy for exacting revenge on his cold-hearted father involved taking a valuable hostage . . . not a seamstress he mistakenly thinks is his half sister.
Yet fate has designs of its own, landing them both on board the Royal Vengeance. At sea, Nathaniel intercepts and plunders his father’s ships, all the while tormented by his illicit hunger for the tempting prisoner he thinks is his blood relation. And although Alexandra wants no part in this terrifying voyage, to reveal her true identity to the handsome, blue-eyed Nathaniel would invite danger. Not only would she become worthless cargo, but the revelation would surely unleash what she and Nathaniel have been fiercely battling—a rising undercurrent of impossible desire that could sweep them away for good.

MY REVIEW
Summary:
 Alexandra, is desperate to escape her cruel stepfather who beats her, she finds a way to escape with a disguise never expecting to be kidnapped and taken aboard a pirate’s ship. Only they think she is a daughter of a lord so they can ransom her, but no matter how much she protests they don’t believe her to be a seamstress. Nathaniel, is very bitter toward his father, but when one of his closest friends gets captured he goes out to capture his father daughter, and his step sister….only he never expected that he would be so attracted to a relation, but something nags at him, that she is not at all who she appears to be and that she is hiding something, and that this increasing desire that he has for her might just inflame them both…

The Hero (Nathaniel Kent)
When Nathaniel was born, one of his arms were deformed at birth and his father tried to have him killed, but his nurse saved his life that night and ever since then his father has rejected him and Nathaniel has seeked for revenge and justice. When his friend gets captured he decided to take his step sister and trade her only he never expected the tender feelings she brings out in him…

The Heroine (Alexandra Cogsworth)
Alexandra, has been wanting to leave her step father for quite some time now, but never thought in her plan of leaving that she would be kidnapped and assumed for someone else. But as time goes on aboard the pirate’s ship she stops trying to convince them of her true identity knowing they will eventually find out…but the one thing she can’t ignore though is the desire she feels for Nathaniel despite the fact that he kidnapped her from her only chance at freedom, but wonders if her growing love for Nathaniel is her true freedom….

My Thoughts 
This is the first book that I have read by Brenda Novak and I just fell in love with this book, and I want to read more by this author….the synopsis and the cover are what drew me to open the pages, but once I really got into the story I could barely put it down and found entranced by the amazingly written love story of two people that come from different situations in life however they share one thing… a common love and desire for each other. Of Noble Birth is of the Georgian Time period and is packed with excitement, adventure, passion, and a intense love story that will leave you with delight.

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Short Book Review-Ripe For Pleasure

Ripe For Pleasure
League Of Second Sons (1)
Isobel Carr
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback
Published May 2011
298 Pages
Georgian Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-446-57275-0

Synopsis
THE LEAGUE of SECOND SONS
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost…Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it, and when it comes to passion they refuse to accept second best.

London’s most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola’s life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he’ll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

MY REVIEW 

So This is the first time in a very long time since I had such a hard time reading a book, especially with such a gorgeous cover and great blurb that just caught my attention. However this review will be shorter than most because I was unable to finish it. At the first few pages it caught me but after that it just went downhill after that…I got halfway through which took me a whole week to do since it just didn’t get to me….I was unable to get into the story no matter how hard I tried. I always try to finish a book if I can, however with this one it was a chore to read it….and when it becomes hard to read a book and if I give it a chance (100 pages or more) than I will just put it down…since there are always more books I want to get to as well. I feel bad that I was unable to finish this one…maybe one day I will try reading it again…who knows. But for me I just was unable to get involved into the story (which is a rare occasion its true) and I really though I would love this story after reading the synopsis…but unfortunately that was untrue…maybe one day in the future………………

My Grade On This Book 
DNF

Other Books In The Series 
Ripe For Scandal

Book Review-The Serpent Prince

The Serpent Prince
Princes Trilogy (3)
Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback
Published September 2007
362 Pages
Georgian Historical Romance
ISBN978-0-446-40053-4

Synopsis
WHEN THE DEVIL MEETS AN ANGEL
Country bred Lucy Craddock-Hayes is content with her quiet life. Until the day she trips over an unconscious man — a naked unconscious man – and loses her innocence forever.

HE CAN TAKE HER TO HEAVEN
Viscount Simon Iddesleigh was nearly beaten to death by his enemies. Now he’s hell-bent on vengeance. But as Lucy nurses him back to health, her honesty startles his jaded sensibilities – even as it ignites a desire that threatens to consume them both.

OR TO HELL
Charmed by Simon’s sly wit, urbane manners, and even his red-heeled shoes, Lucy falls hard and fast for him. Yet as his honor keeps him from ravishing her, his revenge sends his attackers to her door. As Simon wages war on his foes, Lucy wages her own war for his soul using the only weapon she has — her love.

MY REVIEW
Summary 
Lucy, while taking a peaceful walk stumbles across a man she assumes is dead, but upon futher investigation finds that he is injured, and takes him back to her home to help heal him back to health. Simon, is bent on revenge, however Lucy startles his sensibilities to the point where he craves her very touch, and aches to hear the sound of her voice. He knows that his life is not what he would have for her, since everything in him vows to take revenge for his brothers death on those that killed him, but Lucy’s love will be the one to save him as nothing else could…

The Hero (Simon Iddesleigh)
Simon when he was younger, was a rake and scoundrel, with drinking, gambling and many women, but once his brother was murdered and he was now the heir to the title, who has many responsibilities he vowed that he would get justice on those that killed his brother. However, after surviving a severe beating that almost killed him he is put in the care of a innocent young lady who has no clue on the dark side of things of the world as he knows it. But the more they are in each others company, the more he senses that she could be his greatest weakness…

The Heroine (Lucy Craddock-Hayes)
Lucy,  country bred, and still unmarried has yet to find someone that she loves and would want to spend the rest of her life with. But when she finds a injured and very naked adonis like man at her feet, she can do nothing but help him. However as she helps in his healing and taking care of him, she starts to develop very genuine feelings for him, that she has not felt for another. Feelings that she has been searching for all of her life…and when she discovers what is really tormenting this man who holds her heart she will do everything that she can to help heal his injured soul…

My Thoughts 
The Serpent Prince is the third installment in the series. After reading the first book in the series, I loved it so much that I desperately couldn’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series, and I just loved reading The Serpent Prince. From the very first page, I found myself captivated until the very last page, and even though I wasn’t totally into the story, there was still a sense of mystery and romance that pulled me in. The characters were engaging, and their interaction with each other scrumptious. I also enjoyed how their was a sense of purpose in the characters and their interaction with each other was fascinating…although there were parts that I couldn’t bring myself to like….the other much captivating parts made up for it. The sensuality between Lucy and Simon were intense and can at times leave a reader breathless in anticipation for more to come….Overall a Succulent and juice read that will warm you from head to toe….

My Grade On This Book 
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
The Raven Prince
The Leopard Prince
The Ice Princess